Golden Age Backpackers: Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan

Escape the hustle and bustle of busy Rincón de Guayabitos to enjoy an amazing country-style hot pool soak with your friends at Aguas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan. Pack a picnic lunch, swim suits and include folding chairs if you wish.

Aquas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan is a small inland oasis set among shade-providing trees with a relaxing ambiance. The rustic but charming hot spring site consists of twenty small to medium sized pools conveniently placed to provide a feeling of privacy and isolation. Pool sizes vary but all are approximately a meter deep and three to five meters wide with 95 degree water gently flowing in and slowly spilling out the overflow, thus insuring clean, clear, chemically free hot spring water. Near each pool there’s a 70 centimeter diameter wooden slab table. On site are two basic washrooms that might be employed as change rooms. Three common usage barbecues are available, but you’ll need to bring your own fuel supply. There is also ample parking. An all day admission pass costs twenty-five pesos per person. Come and soak away the hours as you relax in a country style spa.

Above photo: Los Ayala friends Bill and Marilyn Smyth enjoying the warm waters.

Getting There

The site is located about an hour and a half from Puerto Vallarta driving towards Rincón de Guayabitos and La Peñita. Continue driving north of La Peñita on Highway 200 for approximately 12 kilometers or 15 minutes watching for a road sign on the right to Alta Vista. The distance is taken from the Rincón de Guayabitos Pemex station #8489 located on the right side of the road. Once you see the Alta Vista sign be prepared to turn, as the right hand turnoff arrives quickly.

Proceed on the gravel road approximately 17 kilometers from Highway 200. Stay right when you come to the forks in the road. When you drive through La Cucaracha village be assured you’re on the correct road. Watch for the colourful agua terminal sign on the left side of the road. Turn left just prior to the sign and drive approximately 2.3 kilometers. Ignore the signs “1 kilometer” distance marker! A vehicle with clearance is best. However, with caution, a standard car could reach the hot pools. The drive from the highway is about an hour at a slow rate of speed. Park your vehicle, pay the fee, select your spot and enjoy the day soaking in warm relaxing hot spring pools!

Written by John and Doreen Berg

About the Authors: We are golden age backpackers in our seventies and have traveled extensively throughout the world. We come to Los Ayala every winter for three months enjoying the Mexican people and the warm waters of Jaltemba Bay and surrounding area. We first started coming to this area in 2002 and although we had been in Mexico many times before that we had never settled on one place until then. We like to explore new territory and to consider settling down for three months was beyond our imagination. At first we came for two weeks, returning to Canada and coming back to Los Ayala within the month. We just loved it! As the years went by we increased our time to three months. We haven’t extended it beyond this as we do love to explore other places in the world during fall and spring. Our goal is to provide viewers with travel information that will assist with travel planning. We place trip information in our articles to stimulate interest plus specific facts that readers can follow to duplicate our travels. Other travel related articles may be viewed on our blog: Golden Age Backbackers – Budget World Travel.

This story was submitted by one of our readers. If you want to join in and share information, stories or photos of Jaltemba Bay, Mexico, please email them to Allyson@JaltembaBayLife.com

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    Hi, We are still in Canada too. Here is a number for you to call and make your connections directly with him. 322 159 03 32 Oscar or 322173 5872 Seigio Think he speaks fair English. Or try this- bus to La Penita where the bus stop is. There are taxis on the corner as well as vans going from town to town. I'm sure you could ask around and find a driver to get you to the pools. Work out a price with your driver. If this does not work visit on a Thursday and walk down the main business st (not highway} and visit the Thursday morning market. Good luck

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      thanks for all your help.... we got a hold of Sergios Tours out of La Penita He is offering a tour for 1000 pesos each includes pick up at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, lunch, 4 hours at the hot springs so about 200.00 Canadian for the two of us. If we met him in La Penita he would charge 600 pesos each with no lunch so about 120.00 Canadian and we would have to take the bus to La Penita or a cab to meet him. We really want to go these hot springs as we missed them last time we were there two years ago ....we missed allot actually cause we were there during hurricane Jova not pleasant conditions cause of it and we were limited cause of rough water everywhere and threat of destruction ....anyways going all the way to La Penita on the bus and hoping a cab will take us sounds tooo iffy and we cant go on a Thursday either so looks like we are going to go the expensive way and do the private tour with Sergio picking us up !! will let you know how it goes when we get back in case others want to go this route

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    That place is Heaven on earth, yes, you pack your lunch, bathing suit, and a good book and spend 4 to 5 hrs. in the most enchanting area in all Mexico. Thank you for your photos, mine were not that good. I did not go yet, this year. But hte Winter is not over, so I hope I get the chance to go at least once.

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      How far could we take a bus from La cruz and what bus would we take and where would we be dropped off and then could we hire a cab to take us the rest of the way ?? how much would the cab fare be etc

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        You can take a bus to La Penita. You could take a taxi from there or better yet, hire a local tour guide to take you there for the day. Try Sergio's Tours...

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          Nov 10 at 8:30 AM Hi Marla, The hot pools are in a remote area above Alta Vista and the nearest town is Rincon de Guayabitos (tourist) or Las Varas (commercial). Difficult to provide answers as not sure which La Cruz you are coming from. People have rented a taxi van in Guayabitos to drive the group into the pools and return the same day. Not sure what the cost of a taxi would be but would guess around $50. Discuss with driver. I can give you a name and phone number for a driver in the Rincon area. That's if he is still driving as things change quickly in Mexico. As Allyson mentioned there tour operators are another option and know the region very well. John

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          Hi I was wondering if you would be willing to phone him for us as numbers from Canada dont seem to work well to Mexico like they do if we were in the US we would want to go on Monday November 25th around 10 AM and we could meet him in the Rincon by taking the bus there from La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and stay at the pools for about 2 - 3 hours ......

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