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17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

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If you follow my blog you know that I love hot springs ;-) Whenever we have the chance we visit hot springs in Mexico. This seems to be the land of hot springs for hours in either direction of Michoacan. Apparently, there is a lot of underground volcanic activity in this region. That makes a good home for hot springs, a natural relaxing wonder that we all can enjoy!

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

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Rio Caliente is located in Bosque La Primavera outside of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It might be a 30-minute drive from the city center of Guad. It’s well worth it to escape the city for a day and enjoy one of Mexico’s beautiful natural parks.

These hot springs in Mexico bubble up into a river that runs through Bosque La Primavera. There are some picnic tables nearby and they have stopped up the water in a few spots to allow for a nice warm soak in the river. When we went Brad was having a lot of back pain. He didn’t swim with us even though I thought it would help. I want to visit another time so he can enjoy Rio Caliente with us :-)

The best way to get to Rio Caliente is to read the reviews on TripAdvisor and follow directions… Google Maps does not give very good directions. We also stopped on our way out of town and asked a few locals how to get to the river and the park. They were the ones that told us to turn into this little town that you see below!

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17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
After driving through town and following the signs you will drive a little way down a dirt road. When you hit this sign go left!

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
Getting down to the river is not handicapped accessible.

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
We weren’t alone but we didn’t have much of a crowd either. We went in December. If you look in the background you can see a maternity photo shoot happening.

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

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17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
Brad’s GoPro takes great pictures!

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
The hot water on my back was the best and I didn’t want to leave. I could really use one of these in my backyard.
17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
Okay, the funny thing is I did not see this coming in. But this IS where you want to turn to get to Rio Caliente :-)
17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico
The mountains outside of Guad are pretty spectacular too! Signing off, Tina

Originally published January 13, 2017

8 thoughts on “17 Photos of Rio Caliente, Natural Hot Springs in Mexico

  1. Robyn says:

    Oh how absolutely lovely. I would love to have the water swirling around on my back!! Your pictures capture the joy and it was almost as if I were there with you!!

  2. Glory says:

    Ahh, this reminded me of a time way back in the day when I would go with my friends to TJ and we’d all head to Aguascalientes. I just looked it up and now there’s hotels and such around it :( love the photos.

  3. Trisha says:

    Lovely pics. So the spa is still closed? I’ve gone there a half dozen times but I can’t find any info that it’s reopened.

  4. Mary Ann says:

    Tina, I used to visit Rio Caliente. So sad that it closed. Do u know of other hotelitos or places open near it where I could go? Thanks.

    • Tina Marie Ernspiker says:

      I am sorry, I don’t! The nearest place I can recommend would be a stay in Guadalajara and then perhaps a bus or taxi ride to the river… When we went we drove our truck and it was an easy and enjoyable trip :-) Let me know if you go and how your trip is!

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