Agua Blanca is one of my very favorite hot springs retreats in all Mexico. Agua Blanca does not get nearly enough tourists, but for those of us who appreciate healing hot springs, nature, a throughly restful place to unwind and just relax, Agua Blanca Canyon Resort is perfect. The water is basically warm, not hot, but it is very definitely healing and makes for a good soak. There is a small waterfall nearby.
Many tourists who come to Michoacán to see the Monarch butterfly migration in the winter stay here in Jungapéo, Michoacán because it is equidistant from the two butterfly preserves in Michoacán and Mexico states. For those who are afraid of visiting Michoacán state because of the news, this part of the state is very peaceful. If there are incidents of violence, they occur in the southwestern part of the state, a long way from this eastern part, bordering Mexico state.
This small hotel is run by the very personable Tomás and Anita Eschenburg, who came there as children and remembered its beauty and enchantment. The Agua Blanca had fallen on hard times in the late 1990's and early 2000's. The owner was trying not to sell the property to a conglomerate that wanted to put up condos on this beautiful natural location. Fortunately for all of us, Tomas and Anita contacted him and he was willing to sell to them, because they love the place.
There are 20 rooms, each individually decorated with handicrafts. They are spread out in a domino pattern, so that each has an unobstructed view of the lush grounds and vegetation.
There is a restaurant on the grounds serving healthy, home-cooked meals. There is one large pool and three smaller ones for soaking. The water is not overly hot, about 90F. The minerals have been touted as healing since the times of the Tarascans. During the 1930's and 1940's a German physician, Dr. Heinrich Petters treated patients with a spa regimen here. According to Dr. Petters, the waters:
Agua Blanca is near the town of Jungapeo in the eastern end of Michoacán state. It is a short distance off the toll road between Toluca and Morelia. Nearby are waterfalls, many more hot (and hotter) springs, Angangueo where the Monarch butterflies swarm in winter and the hills around are quite the treasure trove for birders.
I interviewed the owners, a nice, idealistic couple, for my book, Modern Mexico .... See their chapter here.
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