Wednesday, February 22, 2012


PUERTO VALLARTA, ALTA VISTA -  Aquas Termales de Nuevo Ixtlan    


Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy Mexican Riviera to enjoy an amazing country-style hot pool soak with your friends at Aguas Termales de Nuevo Lxtlan.  Pack a picnic lunch, swim suits and include folding chairs if you wish.

  Aquas Termales de Nuevo Lxtlan is a small inland oasis set among shade-providing trees with a relaxing ambience.  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.

Getting There

The site is located about an hour and a half from Puerto Vallarta driving towards Rincón de Guayabitos and La Penita. Continue driving north of La Penita 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 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!


  1. Great first blog post. The blog looks great. I love that you give detail instructions on how to find your travel tresures. Can't wait to read more.

  2. This is 'Blogtastic'. A travel guide, Diary and Sat-Nav... all rolled into one ! Lonely plant out !
    No doubt this will be the 1st of many !
    Regards, Sukie
    p.s. loved the photo of the Mexican Castle in the background !

  3. John & Doreen, great narrative on your Mongolian experience - alex

  4. Howdy folks, just used your directions to find the agua termales. Easy as pie! I drove in with a standard height vehicle - VW Passat wagon - and made it but probably will take something with more clearance next time.