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“An otherworldly experience”
Review of Los Termales - CLOSED

Los Termales
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Some friends were planning on going to some sort of thermal pool, and we said we'd like to join. We had no idea what to expect. We drove up some dirt roads in complete dark, trying to find a sign of sort. We found a small sign, indicating what looked like a very lonely, in fact scary dirt road. We went up a while, and when we reached what looked like an orchard we turned back. We took a parallel road, thinking we had taken the wrong turn. It was so dark and full of huge holes... And we kept going and going until finally a car drove up in the opposite direction and we stopped to ask the driver for directions. He showed us the way we had taken earlier, but he said we should turn left instead of right, past the orchard. So we did. We were skeptical for a while, until finally we saw a tiny flicker of light. When we got there, you could see the steam rising up from the natural pools, and the only source of light were some candles on the floor around the three pools. Being there was like something from another world. Stone pools filled with hot thermal water, candles on the cobblestone walk around, above the most starry sky I've ever seen, and in the West, lightning forming bluish borders around the distant clouds.

As other reviewers have said, if you don't know what you're looking for (especially at night), these hot springs are hard to find. They literally are in the middle of nowhere, at the end of an unpaved road. The best time to go is at night. All there is to light the pools are some candles on the ground. It is a good idea to take your own flashlight. There is a small hut with dressing rooms (also lit by candles) but no lockers. I would recommend just leaving your valuables in the car or at home, and simply bringing clothes and a towel. The stones on the way in and out of each pool can get rather slippery, so watch your step.
It is a most unexpected and magical experience. Apparently few people find out about this place, so there is a very "virgin" and wild feeling about it. However, the caretaker told us the land had recently been sold to a developer--no doubt they will build a fancy hotel/spa around it and make tons of money. We are so grateful to have experienced this place "in brut"... it truly was a unique and unforgettable evening.

Date of experience: February 2013
1  Thank ReiseLust_23
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Reviewed 10 January 2013

3 hot water pools somewhere in the outback; need a taxi to go there but not problem; very uncomplicated but all safe. went there with 3 adults & 6 kids, was good fun and a very special experience.

Date of experience: December 2012
1  Thank Marius T
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Reviewed 7 June 2012

We hired a cab to take us there and asked them to come pick us up later. (You don't have to book as a TOUR) We stayed an hour and a half which was enough for us. Very relaxing. Take your own FLASHLIGHT. It's in the middle of nowhere and the caretaker places candles around these stone pools and the water is nice and hot. You can also take your own drinks/food etc or buy beers there. We payed 7,000 COP per person but I had heard it was closer to 4,000. We were the only ones there that night and that was the lowest he would go. Very nice after a long hike. He's there from 6:30 to 10:30 ish.

Date of experience: June 2012
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Reviewed 28 April 2012

Visited these hot springs in early April on a cool, rainy day which made the experience much more comfortable than I'd expect it would be on a hot, sunny day.
The site is very well-maintained and the changing rooms are very clean and well-looked after. Our 4 year old grand-daughter and our daughter were with my wife and I and we all were surprised by how hot the water was. We eased ourselves in and could stay in for about 10 minutes or so then got out and had a cool off in the cold water showers beside the pools.

There were 3 pool sizes none deeper than about 3 feet. One was about 25 feet long and 15 feet wide, one was about 10' by 10' with steps into it like a hot tub and there were 2 round tube about 6 feet wide that had even hotter water in them.
The water, of course, has a lot of minerals and burns if you get a drop in your eye. There is a covered patio with chairs and tables and food will be brought to the patio from the restaurant.
There are also nice looking accommodations available but both the accommodations and restaurant are not cheap.
I think it cost about $15. each to get in for the day.
We enjoyed it as something different to do

Date of experience: April 2012
1  Thank Bruce M
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

A new addition to the possible activities are "Los Termales" - a set of open-air warm springs a short distance out of town. These springs have existed for years, but only about a year ago did a local entrepreneur clear it out, build some retaining walls, build two somewhat deeper pools down flow, plus a small change house. The springs are not hot, but they are comfortably warm (especially the top one, where the flow emerges). You could go by day, but they are much nicer by night, when the only illumination is the candles by the poolside and the stars overhead. That's when the locals generally go.
To get there, either take a cab, and arrange for a pickup two hours later (it's far from town on a very dark road - you don't want to be walking back), or else join one of the tours being sold. We paid 25,000 COP each which included the drive there and back, the admission fee, and the driver kept an eye on our stuff (there are no lockers). On our night (a weekday in January) there were about a dozen folks, mostly Colombians but some travellers, soaking, talking in soft voices, watching the stars or being in love.

Date of experience: February 2012
Thank Dolgin613
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