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Hot Springs in Caldera
I keep hearing from guests that they would like directions on how to get to the Hot Springs in Caldera from Boquete, Panama. Ask and you shall receive! This is for those that have a vehicle and a "do it yourself" spirit rather than taking a guided tour.
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Plus I have directions to a nice swimming hole with waterfall, Petroglyphs and a great restaurant for your stay in Caldera. (scroll down)
Directions to the Hot Springs in Caldera, from Boquete: (Total driving time - 30 minutes)
Start out on the main street of Boquete at Central Park. On the main road out of Boquete towards David, go 12.2 km (7.6 miles) and take a left on the road to Caldera. The left turn will have a walk overpass at it.
Follow this road, all the way through the town of Caldera for 11.5 km (7.1 miles). You will see this sign on your right. Take a right on this gravel road.
Stay on this gravel road for 1.7 km (1 mile). Now you have a choice. You will get to this bridge with watchman....
You can either park your vehicle here which has ample parking or drive over this bridge for 0.2 km. Only do it if you have 4 wheel drive in the rainy season or feel very comfortable with your driving skills.
Park your vehicle before going over the next suspension bridge....do not drive over it!
Walk across the bridge and you will come to a 'Y' in the road.
To the right looks like it would be the trail....but go to your LEFT, up the small hill and around the bend. You will come to this area:
See that small sign to your left?
Yes, this one...
Take a left here at the sign. It's virtually flatlands from here and a few parts that may be swampy during the rainy season. Maybe a 10 minute walk. Follow the trail until you see a ranch style home with chickens, roosters, peacocks, etc. The owner will come out (by the footbridge) to collect the fee. (Total walking time is about 15 minutes)
I believe the fee is $2.00 pp. (editorial note: You may be asked if you want the "family special" spring, for $5.00 pp. - My advice: Don't do it. It's nice as it is the closest to the river to be able to cool off...but you see PVC pipes throughout this spring and it doesn't lend to the warm and fuzzies) There are 4 springs here to choose from. If one is too small look for another. If you get too hot, walk down to the river for a dip.
Definitely bring water! Oh - Ask the owner if "Cheetah" the Spider Monkey can come out and play. Watch it though as the monkey will steal your belongings if you blink. :) It gives ample amounts of photo ops! If you do bring food/beer, etc. Please do not leave it behind and leave the area clean.
Enjoy! But wait! There's more, if you are so inclined. When you make the left off of the main road from Boquete onto Caldera Rd, there is a small waterfall and nice swimming hole when you travel 7.6 kms. You will see this bridge and a place to park on your left.
The place on the left where you park - there is a trail there with steep steps that will take you down to the waterfall and swimming hole.
Photo of the waterfall and swimming hole. Look around as there is beautiful scenery here.
Next up, after your day in Caldera, stop in town and eat at "Restaurant Melissas". It is located (before the Hot Springs turn off) 10.5 kms on the Caldera Rd. Seriously great typico food that will hit your pocket for less than $2.50 a meal. (rice, beans, potato salad, chicken)
There are Petroglyphs for your viewing pleasure as well. This too is before the Hot Springs and located 10.8 kms on the Caldera Rd. Here's a photo of the sign and it is a short walk from there.
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