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After a fun filled an exciting day at Xocomil, Guatemala's largest water park, we camped for the night en route to the Mexico border (where we were headed to renew our Guatemalan tourist visas which are only good for 90 days.)

The border business was conducted the next morning in a reasonable amount of time. You can see here how we survived, and get some visa and vehicle renewal tips from Greg.

As we drove home to Panajachel, we stopped over at Fuentes Georginas, an incredible set of hot springs outside of Xela (between Xela and Reu).

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Unfortunately, my camera battery was pretty much dead, so I could only capture a few photos.

The road turning off from the main highway leading to the hot springs is 8 km long, and a little bumpy, but the scenery was spectacular.

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Entrance to the park is Q50 for adults and Q15 for kids. I think they charge a little bit for parking also.

They have cabanas on site where you could stay the night, and they also allow overnight parking for overlanders.

There are three separate hot springs. The first is by the entrance/driveway to the park. It is carved into the rock, with a trickle of (hot!) water which flows into it, leaving a green streak on the cliffs. It was nice.



But then we hiked down the sendero (path) to the 'natural' hot springs in the valley below. Since we're up at a higher altitude, the sun was already getting low in the sky, and we were wet, it was quite a chilly little hike. Brrr!



This pool was near a river/waterfall and the setting was absolutely idyllic... something you dream about when you think of exotic travel. It felt so warm and cozy, especially after our frosty trek into the valley.


But the day was waning and we still needed to drive the 3 hours back to Panajachel... so we reluctantly left.

Before going, we checked out the last pools -- they were located at the 'back' of the park, past the cabanas, and next to a restaurant. It had changing rooms and bathrooms available, and was built in a traditional piscina (pool) style.

There were three pools to lounge in, each with varying degrees of heat. The first one (behind my boys in the picture below) was TOO hot, even for me (and I like my water hot). It was pretty much scalding, burn your foot off hot.


But this pool overflowed into the next, which was bearable, and then to a third, which was warm.

You can watch this short video to see more of what it was like:

Overall, I LOVED this place, and would definitely recommend a stop if you're in the area!

That's what I love about travel, there is so much variety to the types of activities you can encounter. From tropical waterfalls to elephant blessings in India to a lantern festival in Thailand (this is something I've yet to experience), there's never an end to the diversity of fun you can have.

Have you visited Fuentes Georginas? Would you like to?



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  1. Kevin and Ruth

    We are headed to Guatemala and to Quetzaltenango in just over a week.  I found this post on the Fuentes Georginas and thought that maybe we could stop here after the border for the night.  You said they had cabanas, do you know what they are like as to cleanliness and how much they might be?  We will be travelling in a small car.
    Kevin and Ruth

    • Rachel Denning

      Hi Kevin and Ruth,

      I don’t know what the cabanas are or how much they cost… You would be able to make it on the road in a small car, and the setting is very nice. If you decided to stay, let me know how it is and how much. And if you come through Pana, stop by and say ‘hi’!

    • RachelDenning

      Hi Kevin and Ruth,
      I don’t know what the cabanas are or how much they cost… You would be able to make it on the road in a small car, and the setting is very nice. If you decided to stay, let me know how it is and how much. And if you come through Pana, stop by and say ‘hi’!

  2. Kevin and Ruth

    Thank you for getting back to us.  Actually just looked at the map and realized that Fuentes Georginas is a little further south of Quetzaltenango so we will probably just make this a day trip from there.  I doubt that we will be making it to Pana on this visit as we only plan on staying in the Quetzaltenango area.  There is always the possibility for next year though and if you are still there we would definitely like to meet up with you.

  3. Kevin and Ruth

    We are headed for Quetzaltenango and will be doing a 6 day hike with Quetzaltrekkers.  We are only planning to be in Guatemala for about 2 weeks then we will be headed back to north and making our way back to Canada for the end of April.  This will just be a tease for us but we have plans on returning in the near further and spending way more time to explore Guatemala properly.  We don’t like to rush through places just to say we have been to a country, so this we give us a good idea of what to expect and how to plan our next trip there.

  4. Scott

    Hi Dennings, came across this while looking for info on the springs. Then I realized I kind of knew you. Savannah says hi. Thanks for the info.


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