For many people around the world, it is known that hot springs bring numerous health benefits to people, why is this? To the minerals present in the waters, together with its temperature. Throughout history, hot springs have been used to cure multiple conditions, even without knowing the reason for their effect; In prehistoric times they attributed the origin of hot springs to divine or spiritual events. Likewise, in the Old and Middle Ages, the origin of this was related to religious facts. It was until the beginning of the Modern Age when the hot springs aroused interest in knowing their properties from the scientific viewpoint, which has allowed us to collect all the information we know today.
To understand its origin, from the geological point of view, the hot springs can be magmatic or telluric. Hot springs of magmatic origin are born from eruptive or metallic reefs, instead those of telluric ones, they can be present anywhere. Magmatic hot springs have a greater amount of mineral elements and their temperature is higher than telluric hot springs, which indicates that magmatic hot springs provide more benefits in terms of medicinal use.
In this context, we can consider ourselves lucky, because the thermal waters of Costa Rica are due to the active volcanoes that heat the waters, and these collect the minerals from the surrounding soil.
If you are one of the people who enjoy the volcanic hot springs, consider including visiting the Miravalles Volcano, Tenorio Volcano, and the Rincon de la Vieja National Park in your list of places to visit in Costa Rica, without a doubt they are places that apart from the hiking, gives you the opportunity to take advantage of the benefits and relax in its hot springs.
Hot Springs in Arenal, the largest natural manantial in Costa Rica
When talking about hot springs in Costa Rica, it is crucial to mention the hot springs in Arenal, the largest network of natural hot springs in Costa Rica. This area has that name thanks to the active Arenal Volcano and is par excellence, the preferred place for both nationals and foreigners, who enjoy the wide range of places to enjoy the abundant hot springs from the Arenal Volcano.
Before 2010, the Arenal volcano used to expel lava daily, the inhabitants of La Fortuna in the Arenal area, say it was a spectacle that illuminated the dark night sky.
This fact made it one of the 10 most active volcanoes in the world. At present, we no longer watch this show, however, scientists say that it could erupt again at any time. Even so, the Arenal Volcano never ceases to amaze us with its height of 1670 masl, it’s an almost perfect cone that crosses the clouds and the springs of hot springs product of the volcano.
It is the meeting point for travelers who want to explore the Arenal area. This small town has a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops, ice cream parlors, and bars where you can get distracted after a long day of activities in Arenal.
Near La Fortuna, travelers can decide to relax in the incredible hot springs of the Arenal Volcano, about 5km from the city center, you can find the first options that vary according to your budget. To get tp most of them, you can either take a public bus, taxi or a transfer.
Within the offer we find recreation places with an admission price per day of 5000 Colones, (approximately USD 10), to luxurious resorts that offer their stay of the day for 40,000 Colones (approximately USD80), where you will also have the option to stay and enjoy the most exclusive accommodations, spas, and restaurants within the resort.
If you like the adventure, you can go to Chollin River, it is a free entrance fee option where you can enjoy from Hot Springs, just keep an eye on your personal bag since everyone can access it.
Without a doubt, enjoying the hot springs of the Arenal volcano is one of the main activities of what to do in Fortuna and one of the most visited places in Costa Rica.