For most Mexican people, a hot spring may mean a water park where the whole family can enjoy.
Visit one of the largest water parks offering geothermal water in Latin America.
Bubbling Indoor Bath
Ixtapan de la Sal is mostly considered as a getaway destination of Chilango (=residents of Mexico City).
However, I believe that the spa and health resort should be known as a worldwide tourist spot.
When talking about water parks utilizing hot springs in Mexico, I would recommend Grutas Tolantongo; but the Parque Acuático Ixtapan is bigger than that.
They have even a sightseeing train in the large premises.
The facility is divided into two areas: Pleasure Zone (125 MXN for weekdays, 200 MXN for weekends) and Spa Zone (85 MXN for weekdays, 30 pesos when entering Pleasure zone).
I visited Spa Zone that started their business in 1939.
I thought it would be crowded, and arrived at the opening time, 9 AM.
Different from Balneario Municipal close to Centro, few local people seemed to use Parque Acuático.
The building looked old and magnificent.
There was a faucet for drinking the mineral water, which had strong metallic smell.
If you are looking for a private bath, you can enter the side door of Shangri-La Spa.
In the opposite side against the entrance, there is a way to Pleasure Zone.
The Spa Zone consists of an indoor pool and an outdoor pool.
The bathhouse of the indoor pool was filled with steam.
The water was not so hot around 104 degrees F, but was bubbled in the main pool that generated vapor.
Locker rooms (additional charges needed) are used for changing cloths and for keeping belongings inside.
Air was extensively provided under the cover looked like a shell.
The water rich in iron was oxidized and looked bright brown.
The depth was around waist-deep when standing.
The bottom of the shallow pool had a pitch.
In Mexico, generous regulations allow water not chlorinated, which was good news.
However, you need to be more conscious about the amount of water input when talking about the sanitary environment.
Outdoor Pool with Greenish Water
The outdoor pool had a flavor of nature, next to the woods.
The pool was somehow separated from the greenery by white screens.
The second floor also equips locker rooms.
It may be for a protection against theft to have lockers located right around the pools.
The water was chilled by natural air, around 100 degrees F.
Due to the salty inclusion, I felt hot from inside despite the warm temperature.
Parque Acuático Ixtapan, Ixtapan de la Sal, México, Mexico
- Walk-in: Yes (9:00 AM - 5:30 PM)
- Lodging: No