There are hot springs all around Pucón, and visiting hot springs is one of the biggest activities to do here. All of the big tour groups offer several termas packages, some combined with other tours of the area and some just to the hot springs and back.
The most popular hot spring is Termas Geometricas, which also, unsurprisingly, is the most expensive. It costs 35,000 pesos ($56) to go to because it is a large collection of the most natural pools, and it’s located about a 2 hour drive out of Pucón one way. However, that sounded a little steep to me for a couple of hours in a hot spring, so I decided to pass.
Luckily, there is a public bus that goes to a bunch of the other hot springs. I got a recommendation from my hostel to go to Los Pozones, at the end of the bus line, because it was natural while some of the other hot springs were composed of mostly manmade pools.
I found information about the bus to the hot springs on this super helpful site. The first bus left Pucón at 10:30am and costed only 1500 pesos ($2.40). About an hour later, it dropped us off at Los Pozones, and the bus driver told us that the next bus back would be at 2:30pm.
Very well timed, because there is 3 hour maximum stay in the hot springs themselves. That’s about as long as I can imagine staying in a hot spring anyway, so that’s perfect!
It costs 8,000 pesos ($12.90) to get in before 8pm, and 10,000 pesos ($16.10) after 8pm. This is apparently the place to go for a night soak, and I saw companies offering a night excursion here, leaving at 9pm and returning around 1am. Well, I was sure I wasn’t missing out on too much by going during the day.
After paying for the ticket, you walk down a ways to the hot spring.
Los Pozones has five pools total, all of varying temperatures. The first one you come across is also the biggest one, and the hottest. I couldn’t stand to be in there for more than two or three minutes.
As you move inward, the pools generally get cooler and cooler. The second hottest pool is titled “Sol de enero,” the January sun, and for good reason. It’s also hot, but closer to standard hot tub temperature, so you can stay in it for up to about 5 minutes.
All the way at the end is the coolest pool, Agua de Luna. It’s cooler, but still warm, and it’s also the deepest pool that you can swim around in. Coming here in between hot soaks is a nice refreshing break.
There were very few people total, since it was mostly just the people who arrived by bus and a few other people who drove themselves over. Thus, in most of the pools, I was either the only person or I shared the pool with 3 other people at most. Night time soaks might be most popular here, but I think going in the day is the time to go.
Surprisingly, 3 hours passed by extremely fast. Soaking in the hot springs was a great way to relax after a long day’s hike up the volcano, and good preparation for the next day’s excursion. And as a plus, I had avoided the high prices and crowds at Termas Gerometricas while still getting a great experience. Definitely recommend Los Pozones!