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GogorrónAguas Termales ais an easy stop for anyone driving to central Mexico. You pass right by it on the way from Saltillo to San Miguel de Allende, Puebla and Yucatan. The resort even has an RV park with hookups and tent camping. Yet, few gringos spend the night.
If you are troubled by arthritis, psoriasis, fibromyalgia, insomnia or any kind of muscle aches or pains, I can almost guarantee that a few days in Gogorrón hot springs will at the very least make you feel a lot better. At the most, it may put your condition into remission. I attribute the healing properties of Gogorrón with helping to cure my own arthritis and for putting my psoriasis into remission for a couple of months after each visit.
Gogorrón aguas termales (thermal waters)are pleasantly warm. The name is officially Centro Vacacionál Gogorrón. It is truly a resort, catering to people who want to stay for 2, 3 or more days.It is crowded on weekends, but you'll have it all to yourself on weekdays.
I have been going to and soaking in, these hot springs for more than forty years.
People will fruitlessly argue whether there are 576 or more than 1,000 hot springs in Mexico. Who cares? It's like arguing how many angels can sit on pin. Balnearios vary tremendously, from well-developed to primitive. Most Mexican hot springs are in the states of San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, Michoacán and Aguascalientes.
While you would never confuse it with a froufrou spa, Gogorrón is quite comfortable and first-class. You could confuse the "real" Gogorrón with Gogorrón Viejo, which is about a mile before it on the right side of the road. The "other" Gogorrón is similarly-priced, has fewer amenities and the water did not seem as hot, but that is subjective, since I did not have my hot springs thermometer with me when we went there.
An easily accessible Mexico hot spring (balneario) from the Texas border is Gogorrón Balneario, 45 minutes south of the city of San Luis Potosí. The mineral water at Gogorrón is particularly good for psoriasis and arthritis. One friend even experienced relief from years of insomnia. Included in the price of the room at Gogorrón are 3 buffet-style meals (there are more choices on weekends). It is not cheap, but the rack rate is reasonable for what you get. They do not negotiate and they are not keen on pets (except at the RV park).
All Gogorrón rooms include a tile soaking tub (called a tina Romano or Roman tub) in your room. The small room tubs are big enough for 2 people, and the big rooms in the front are big enough for as many as 6 people to soak without touching. That alone makes this a fantastic value.
If you want some variety in food, you'll have to go into Villa de Reyes. Go to the market and outside there are stall with vegetables and various foodstuffs. I don't know his name, but the best is the one I call the "Chicken King." He rotisseries chicken over mesquite coals. To find him, look for the biggest crowds. The chicken is usually gone by 2:30 PM and not ready until 2:00 PM. Facing the market outside where all the food stalls are, his is the farthest right (on the end, closest to the road to Gogorrón). If the chicken is not ready when you arrive, wait. We wandered around and it nearly sold out.
For a fanciful, literary nonfiction account of the author hallucinating at Gogorrón before it was so upscale, see this story from his Spas & Hot Springs book.