Suppose, there is a world ranking list for "Stinking Hot Springs."
Definitely, this hot spring in the Mexican geothermal area will be ranked high in the list.
Geothermal Power Station
Mexico has the 5th countries on earth that has geothermal resources.
Several geothermal power stations are located in the forest, with a roaring sound.
Los Azufres Spa Natural
It is natural that hot springs gushes in such area.
Los Azufres Spa Natural is one of the most popular lodging facilities around there.
I noticed their intention to advertise it as a "luxury spa," using a beautiful model enjoying mud bath.
The walk-in is welcome with only 60 pesos.
In the parking lot, a mass of rock belches out volcanic gas with strong sulfur smell.
There are two bogs artificially dammed in the center.
This is the view from the opposite side to the entrance.
Later on, I soaked in the bogs.
There are camping spaces and cabins in the most remote part of the premises.
The cabins look clean and new.
Even a small restaurant is there, so you can stay all day long if you feel like it.
They have a series of manners for soaking, which a staff explained me at the beginning.
First, I changed into a bathing suit in the gender-separated changing room.
Personal belongings need to be stored in your car.
The second step is a 10-minute soak in Baño de lodo termal (Mud Bath), which is the larger bog.
The water temp was around 86 degrees F.
Going around the bogs, I found an inflow from a stream, but there was no distinct outflow.
I guessed that the fact might not be like hot water gushing, but high-temperature vapor heating the pool.
The contained materials seem to be condensed, which adds the water thickness.
Most part of the larger bog is roped-off area.
I saw unusual bubbling there.
Tons of mud is deposited at the bottom.
I was asked to smear it to my face and body, by scooping up or using the prepared mud.
They explained that it contained an ingredient to make the skin beautiful, but it was awfully stinking.
According to my knowledge and experience, the smell was that of a ditch.
Other guests had a big fuss saying "That stinks!"
The third step is a 15-minute Temazcal (steam bath).
The humble shack is the bathhouse.
It is charged with natural high-temperature steam.
Finally, dip in Baño de agua termal (hot spring), which is the smaller bog.
The water temp varies from 95 through 113 degrees F, depending on the location.
Volcanic gas gushes from the bottom, and the water surface ruffles.
I happened to put my foot on the ejection hole, and jumped up in alarm due to the high temperature.
In the first place, was it okay despite the smell of a ditch?
I showered myself thoroughly, but the smell remained on the skin.
My experience was totally opposite to a "luxury spa," but I really liked the interesting hot springs.
Los Azufres Spa Natural, Los Azufres, Michoacán, Mexico
- Walk-in: Yes (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
- Lodging: Yes (Online Bookings)