After the hike, it stops raining. Somehow we knew that’s exactly what would happen. Then we headed to the hot springs river, unsure of what to expect.
The bus pulls off to the side of the road and our guide announces that we are there. We are instructed to leave everything on the bus and only take ourselves. So here we are on the side of the road, in the pitch black (no street lights and it gets dark at 6pm), in nothing but our bathing suits.
We start heading down this alley way towards the river and not going to lie things were feeling a little sketchy at this point. But all of the sudden we get down to the river and it’s all lit up with flashlights and there are a ton of people in the water. The trees and rocks along the river make sort of a lagoon where the water pools allowing people sit and enjoy the running warm water.
Once in the water a man comes over and puts on a mineral face mask and our tour guide provide us with drinks (yes, with alcohol). All of the sudden it felt like we had entered this really exclusive club.
It was by far my favorite part of the entire trip. It was so unexpected and at first a little weird but ended up being really cool (or should I say warm since it was a hot springs river??) and relaxing.