Friday, November 23, 2012

Caldera Panama Hot Springs, Baños Thermales

We just came back from a rejuvenating field trip!

It was a beautiful drive through the foothills from Boquete about an hour trip, 

just follow the signs to Caldera. 

 We almost got side tracked and stopped at the beautiful waterfall & river

 & petroglyphs

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before we got there but we kept our eyes on the goal...thermal pools with mineral spa treatments:)!!

We had to drive off the paved road for about 15 min. on a dirt road which wasn´t to bad and then park.

After we parked we walked a bit across a big bridge over the river

...hold your little ones hands there are some dangerous openings!

Then we walked through the path to the hot springs along the way we met one of the owners...he said he has over 20 different species of pets!  We enjoyed seeing most of them....spider monkey, geese, peacock, goats, horses, chickens, parrot, ducks, ....

This is definitely family friendly but here are some things you should consider before going...

1.  There is a 15 minute walk through riverbed rocks, some mud, and hills before you get there - so tennis shoes are a plus!

2.  There is no food or water close by so it´s good to bring bottled water and snacks for the kids!

3.  Depending which hot spring pool you choose the cost is $2 -$5 per person ( children 3 and under are free)  Don´t forget to ask for a family special - we paid $15 for our family of 8 for a private hot spring next to the river:)

We all felt so clean, relaxed, and rejuvenated and really hungry afterwards so we headed for a place to eat.

We ended up at the Mexican Restaurant in Boquete...pretty authentic I must say!  A great ending to a fun family day!

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