After our short hike to the sanctuary at Altavista and petroglyph awe, we hopped back in April’s van and headed to the hot springs. My vision was a pool of hot mineral water bubbling at the surface, inviting one and all to immerse themselves in the healing power of Mother Earth.
It’s actually a little park, 40 pesos (just under $2.50 US) per person admission. There are palapas with tables and chairs, BBQ grills, bathrooms with flush toilets (with seats and toilet paper!) and separate changing rooms. To get to the park, you have to leave the main road then drive about four miles on pretty rough dirt roads.
The most interesting sight on the trip was a small herd of cattle, maybe a dozen, but one was wearing ‘the cone of shame’ (my dog-loving friends will know this reference). The cow had a “Y” shaped tree branch strapped around her neck, we surmised that she had a habit of trying to go ‘walkabout’ and it purpose was to keep her inside the fenced area.
The owner (or operator, not sure if it’s privately owned) is in the process of constructing a snack bar, but for the time being you have to bring your own food and drink.
We enjoyed our picnic lunch and some treats from the roadside candy store, then had a good soak in the various hot pools. Very relaxing, perfect day – not hot and sunny, just a few people around – all gringos when we arrived then one Mexican family with two little girls arrived. The girls had a great time splashing around in the shallow pool.
According to April (our guide) the hot springs is very popular for weekend family gatherings. There we maybe a dozen palapas around the pools, and it gets full with families grilling, playing, enjoying each others’ company and the childrens’ laughter.
I noticed this about the Mexican families when we were in the marina at Chula Vista, and during our many week-long visits to Mission Beach in years past. The Mexican culture is very big on parks, and on family, and therefore on spending time in the parks with the family. And by family I mean moms, dads, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins – the whole clan. The elderly stay at home so there aren’t many ‘old folks’ homes’, and everybody dotes on the little kids. It’s a pleasure to watch.
So if you’re in the area looking for something to do on a slow mid-week day – pack a lunch and your swimsuit, check the shocks in your car, and head on up to Jamurca Hot Springs.