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My Favorite Hot Springs in Guatemala

Nestled in the heart of Central America, Guatemala is a country that I and my family have called home for more than 25 years, I raised my kids in Antigua and visited a lot of different places. Most tourist I have met over the years thinks that this country is only about volcanoes, but that’s not true! You also can find several hot springs in Guatemala!

Yeah, but seriously, beyond its breathtaking scenery, beyond the countless things to do in Guatemala. This country is home to more than 37 volcanoes and six of them are active. 

That makes Guatemala a great place for natural hot springs since volcanoes play a crucial role in heating nearby waterways and rivers to create soothing springs!

5 of the Best Hot Springs in Guatemala

Fortunately, you can find a wide range of hot springs in Guatemala that cater to different tastes, from man-made with a holistic touch to natural ones and its rustic charm.

My husband and kids prefer the natural ones, they are often less crowded and have a unique vibe. I highly recommend trying the Pacaya Volcano Hot Springs day trip and experiencing the natural thermal pools!

Here are some of the best natural hot springs to visit in Guatemala:

1. Fuentes Georginas in Zunil, Quetzaltenango

fuentes gregorianas hot spring guatemala
Hands down the easiest hot spring in Guatemala to access and it’s super close to Antigua, but be prepared to find a lot of people there!

If you’re looking for a touristic, centric, and popular hot springs then Fuentes Georginas is for you, it’s a man-made hot spring located near the town of Zunil in the western highlands. It’s a popular day trip from Antigua, which is only 3h away in a car.

Fuentes Georginas is a huge farm like are, it has bungalows, restaurants, and three different pools filled with hot water, a lot of people visit this place for its healthy benefits, like better blood circulation, pain and stress relief, as well as skin ailments and respiratory illnesses.

The pools are hidden at the foothills of the stunning Zunil and Santo Tomas Volcanoes, near Quetzaltenango in Guatemala. To get there you can ask any tour operator in Antigua or online, there are many shuttles offered from the town to the pools.

So be sure to ask about the hiking tours that you can take around their trails.

Lush cloud forests surround these hot springs and have several pools of varying temperatures. 

The setting is stunning, and it’s a great place to relax and unwind.

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2. Finca Paraiso in El Estor, Izabal

If you are exploring Guatemala by road and happen to pass through Rio Dulce on your way to Peten take a little detour, since not far from downtown Rio Dulce you will find a tiny place called El Estor in Izabal Guatemala.

In this place you will find a huge farm called Finca Paraiso right next to the road, you will recognize it because there is a small open-air eatery. 

Enter the property and ask them to let you go into the waterfall. 

For a small fee, you will be able to park there and walk a few hundred meters towards a gorgeous natural hot waterfall, and a small natural pool where you can swim (check the image above, that was on my first visit).

To get there you can easily drive yourself, and ask for directions (locals are friendly) but make sure to get a map app, on the other hand, you can get a shuttle or taxi to take you there but in any case be prepared to spend the night over in Izabal Lake, since it’s like 6-7 hours drive from Antigua.

A lot of people taking a swim in Finca Paraiso, a hot spring in Guatemala, near Rio Dulce
My husband and I agree that Finca Paraiso is the best natural hot spring we visited in the country, you need to hike a bit and it’s 100% rustic and natural.

3. Aguas Termales in Santa Catarina Palopo, Lake Atitlan

Lake Atitlan is by far the most visited place in the country and honestly, it’s my family’s safe option for weekend getaways and we have visited it SEVERAL times!

It’s popular, but have you ever seen or visited a hot spring there? Mostly not, since it’s a hidden gem. They are situated in Santa Catarina Palopo, on the banks of the lake.

Once you get to the small village, and start strolling around open your eyes and you will be able to find a sign pointing you to “Aguas Termales” the Spanish word for hot springs. 

On the other hand, several other villages around Lake Atitlan also offer Temascales, which are a kind of sauna but in the traditional Mayan style.

atitlan lake - hots prings in guatemala
Lake Atitlan has become the country’s holistic center, you can find several spas and yoga places but in Santa Catarina, you can find an actual hot spring.

4. Santa Teresita Spa and Hotel, Amatitlan (Near Pacaya Volcano)

This is one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala, and it is one of those volcanoes with extremely thick lava, so you can walk up to the frozen lava rivers and roast marshmallows. It’s also, one of the most popular tours in the country since it’s easily accessible from Antigua.

After the hike is over, you can stop by the nearby Amatitlan town.

There you will find Santa Teresita Spa and Hotel, they have tons of pools with hot springs and all sorts of spa treatments, my favorite treatment is called Thermal Circuit. You go into three pools with different warmth levels to detox. 

The Santa Teresita Spa is just 1h away from Antigua and is super easily accessible by car, but I highly recommend you book it after a Pacaya tour, that way you get the most out of it!

hot springs in guatemala pacaya volcano hike
Hiking Pacaya Volcano is a challenging activity, but imagine getting to a hot spring and relaxing after that hard walk, it’s priceless!

5. Los Aposentos

These hot springs are located near the colonial city of Antigua, in the department of Sacatepéquez. They are known for their natural beauty and therapeutic properties. 

But Los Aposentos are more than that, they are a full entertainment complex with a lot of other attractions like a pool, duck ponds, and a huge lake to boat around.

You can also find restaurants and other stands with local items like clothes, sweets, and street food. It’s great to immerse in the local culture while having fun.

ducks swiming in a lake in los aposentos guatemala
Los Aposentos is a fun-packed park area surrounded by nature, it has some springs and small lakes with ducks and boat rides!

Man-Made Hot Springs

You can find two types of hot springs in Guatemala, natural and man-made options. An example of the popular man-made hot springs include: 

Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs

While it started as a NATURAL hot spring, due to its popularity it was altered by the owners until it became a man-made pool. But don’t worry, it still has that natural feeling to it.

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Differences between Guatemala’s Hot Springs and Man-Made Hot Springs?

The “man-made” hot springs are just natural ones but hand-crafted by local people, some of them are found while digging holes, and others are diverted from its main waterway to a finca (farm), but both are amazing and offer incredible experiences.

Natural hot springs provide a more rustic and nature-centric experience, and on the other hand, man-made hot springs, offer a controlled and often more luxurious environment, which is usually geared towards relaxation and therapeutic purposes. 

a waterfall in a natural hot spring in guatemala
Natural hot springs in Guatemala are the perfect outdoor destination, you’ll be able to explore the green areas, hike, spot the unique Guatemalan wildlife, and take a swim in hot water!

Things to Pack for a Hot Spring

Packing is always the number one aspect of ANY trip, you don’t want to over-pack you need to take with you everything necessary.

For a trip to a hot spring in Guatemala, those are the essentials:

  • Swimsuit and Towel
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Sun Protection
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Lightweight Clothing
  • Bug Repellent
  • Snacks and Refreshments
  • Waterproof Bag or Dry Bag
  • First Aid Kit
  • Local Currency

Make sure you don’t forget any of these items!

Things I Wish I Had Known on My First Visit

Yeah, on my first visit to most of these countries was hard not to miss something, so here are some tips for you to keep in mind:

  • Check their operating hours, entry fees, and any other requirements they may have. 
  • Keep in mind that some hot springs in Guatemala are more developed than others that offer a more rustic experience.
  • Depending on the hot spring’s location, pack accordingly and keep at hand sunscreen, and bug repellent.
  • Don’t litter, and follow any rules or guidelines provided by the hot spring operators to help protect the environment.
  • Enjoy the experience! Soak in all that the natural hot springs in Guatemala have to offer.
hot spring sign in rio dulce guatemala
Guatemala is a tourist-conscious country, and it is normal to find some signs like this, make sure to be respectful of the locals, nature, and your surroundings.

FAQ

Are hot springs safe for all ages?

Hot springs are generally safe, but it’s essential to follow guidelines and respect local rules. Children and elderly individuals should be careful

What should I bring to a hot spring?

Pack a swimsuit, towel, and an open heart. Leave behind stress and worries—you won’t need them here.

Can I visit hot springs during the rainy season?

Yes, rain adds a mystical touch to the experience but I don’t recommend it. You will need to be prepared for occasional showers, muddy paths, and closed roads. Also, you may find some attractions close.

Are there any hidden hot springs off the beaten path?

Yes, totally, for example, the one in El Estor, Finca Paraiso is a lesser-known gem, most of its visitors are locals, and you will there only a few tourists or even none of them. Seek advice from locals or fellow travelers.

Can I combine hot springs with volcano hikes?

Absolutely! Many hot springs are near volcanoes, like Pacaya and Santa Teresita Spa. I highly recommend you pair those two activities!

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Last Updated on July 9, 2024

9 thoughts on “My Favorite Hot Springs in Guatemala

  1. i would lie to know if these hot springs are good for back pain
    (as those in cosat rica )

  2. For someone, who is traveling solo, no kids, what hot-springs place do you recommend in Guatemala? I’m interested in natural SULFUR springs, specifically.

    1. Hi,

      My best recommendation is going to Rio Dulce area, there are hot springs called Finca Paraiso there.

    2. there some by Livingston, and Xela and also in Amititlan Lake, which is close to Guatemala city.

  3. Wonderful information.
    Is it possible to hike from Antigua to any of the hot springs ?
    We love walking, distance is not an issue.
    Also
    Which volcano is less than 8,000 feet over sea levels ? I would like to hike one but I can’t be over 8,000 feet.
    Thank you, greatly appreciate your help.

  4. Wonderful information.
    Is it possible to hike from Antigua to any of the hot springs ?
    We love walking, distance is not an issue.
    Also
    Which volcano is less than 8,000 feet over sea levels ? I would like to hike one.
    Thank you, greatly appreciate your help.

    1. I’m not sure of any hot springs around Antigua, Xela has some

      you can do Pacaya volcano, it’s not too high

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