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.

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