On Wednesday Alex and I left our little cloud forest town and started walking down into the valley, to some hot springs that are past the nearest market town of Apuela. We walked 4 to 5 miles to get there, enjoying the views of the tree-covered hills and plateaus all around us.
When we arrived we quickly realized that we were the only people at the hot springs. For the few hours we were there, no one ever joined us! The property is covered in well-kept gardens made up of tropical fruit trees, bushes, flowers, and vines. The pools are a little funky, with designs in different colored tiles covering their bottoms and sides. There are about 7 pools at the Piscinas de Nangulvi, and 5 of them were still refilling from being cleaned the day before. For $3 each, we enjoyed the two full pools. For another couple bucks we had snacks and a 10:30 am Pilsener (now that´s vacation!), and for $5.80 more we ate a lunch of soup, trout, rice, fried yuca, juice, and cheese with honey…all at a cute little restaurant right on the Rio Intag. At the end of our day trip, we were able to catch a bus back to Pucara right from the hot springs. So, our first international hot springs experience was successful! Here are a few pictures.