Think you don’t like hot springs?

I get two responses from clients who ask me to plan a trip for them when I start touting the hot springs of Mexico. Some say, “Oh wow, tell me more.” I can almost hear them stifling themselves from adding, “Groovy, man.” Those are bonafide hot springs nuts (like me). Others become defensive. They say, “Not interested” as fast a one replies to a telemarketer. They imply they wouldn’t go to one unless they were hogtied and dragged.

If you are in the second camp, maybe I can educate you. Mexican hot springs are family affairs. They are not enclaves of old, naked, wrinkled hippies, lolling around, smoking pot. Not in Mexico. Nudity is not seen. Folks wear bathing suits, not birthday suits. If that was your impression of hot springs, give them a chance.

What you will find is, especially on weekends and summer vacation, families of all types from those of modest means to middle-class. If you travel with your children, a visit to a hot spring could be the perfect opportunity for them to meet Mexican kids their own age. If you want to get to know some average Mexican people beyond waiters, hotel staff and taxi drivers, this could be a golden opportunity for you. People everywhere are easier to approach when in a pool setting.

So, if those two things don’t convince you, how about serenity? If you go to a hot spring during the week, there will be few guests and few children. Spend a few hours soaking in warm mineral waters and I guarantee your search for serenity will be over.

Of course, the reason aguas termales exist is the healing properties of the water. Every spring is different in its mineral makeup, temperature and radioactive content. Yes, Virginia, I said radioactive. You know you’ve had enough soaking when you start glowing in the dark. Oops! That was a joke, dear heart.

There is radioactivity in the ground below us and the waters coming from deep in the earth’s mantle bring some of it back. It is my belief that this adds to their efficacy.

Arthritis is alleviated. Psoriasis is put into remission. Skin lesions and rashes heal. Tension evaporates. You become one with the water. (Uh-oh, my spiritual nature is showing – you don’t have to be one with the water if you’d rather not).

The bottom line is going to a hot spring can be a most relaxing experience and the health benefits are a bonus. I’ll be writing about several of Mexico’s hot springs as this blog progresses.

3 thoughts on “Think you don’t like hot springs?”

  1. Hi Mike

    This our 10th winter at Chimulco Hot Springs and Trailer Park at Villa Corona and open 365 days per year. One of out fellow RVers arrived today and said they found out on Google via Mexico Mike that Chimulco was closed? It is one the best RV Parks in Mexico.

    Chimulco has also become center for training Yoga Teachers etc. There are 45 students here at the moment for all over the world.

    Roca Azul Trailer Park, doesn’t have hot spring the water is room temperature…………..

    Chimulco Hot Springs are hot 102F with a perfect mineral balance ant a PH of 7.5.

    Please confirm is the information I received about Chimulco for an Rver is correct or false.

    We had good talk a couple of years ago. Come and have soak.

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for taking the time to write. Sure would be happy to come down for a soak. I live for good hot springs.

      Whomever told you that misread my site. I said that the WEBSITE was for the water park only, that the RV park WEBSITE was gone. If that has changed will be happy to so report, but I wrote rather warmly of the park itself. There is a difference in the water temp, however. I got that from the park itself some time ago and from a couple of RV’ers who stayed there. You say it is 102F, which would be great. Is that at the source or in the pools? I always carry a thermometer to verify the temps myself, but have not been there. So be glad to update the temp. if it is for the pools and not the source. But temps change according to the season and rain, so they are kind of a moving target.

      This is what my website said:

      Chimulco RV Park – Acatlan, Jalisco – Well-liked park with mineral water pool (balneario).

      THIS is the confusion: (Note: Website is for water park. RV park no longer has site. (I changed that to “website” hoping that no one will misunderstand again).

      Water is 36 degrees C. (96.8 F.). This is more of a tepid spring than hot spring, but it is better than nothing. There are private pools for rent as well as bungalows.

      This is what it NOW says:
      Chimulco RV Park – Acatlan, Jalisco – Well-liked park with mineral water pool (balneario).(Note: Website is for water park. RV park no longer has a website. They do have a Facebook page.

      Water is 36 degrees C. (96.8 F.). (NOTE: Some soakers have reported the temp is 102 degrees F and the pH is 7.5. So, this is either a nice, warm hot spring or more of a tepid spring. I reported both temps so you won’t be disappointed and may be pleasantly surprised. There are private pools for rent as well as bungalows.

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