The Therapeutic Waters of El Valle's Hot Springs
The mountain village of El Valle de Anton located in a volcanic crater 600 meters above sea leave has a unique micro-climate rich with natural resources. Apart from the many varieties of bird and plant life found here, the area is also known for its therapeutic hot spring pools (aguas termales). Hot springs are created by the natural occurrence of minerals in high temperature waters, usually found in volcanic regions. In Europe and Japan bathing in hot springs, drinking its water and they use of clay hydrated by hot spring water is common in medical and preventative routines.
El Valle opened its naturally occurring hot springs to the public 17 years ago, when the beneficial properties of the water was validated by European and Cuban scientists. The therapeutic waters were discovered to be rich in minerals useful in the control of arthritis, rheumatism, asthma and circulation problems. Soaking in the water is also beneficial to release the body of stress. The springs are tapped at 1.200 meters and gravity brings the water into the pools, through pipes. Due to a high content of bicarbonate the water is not recommended to drink the water, as it creates a laxative effect. Also, prolonged bathing can have a negative reaction. To use, bathers submerge themselves in a hot pool where the water temperature is about 38° C. Maximum time of 45 minutes is recommended.
Therapeutic mud collected from volcanic veins, is available at the springs for use on the skin. Bathers coat their faces and bodies with the refreshing clay known to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. The mud is also used for exfoliation to clear up skin problems.
While the El Valle hot spring pools are constantly flowing, the pools are emptied and refilled daily for new visitors. You will find 3 pools here; One to soak your feet, another for children and the third for adults. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit.
The El Valle hot springs are operated by El Comité pro-mejoras del Valle (El Valle Committee for Improvements). Entrance prices are $1.00 for adults and .50 cents for children. This includes the use of the pools and the mud. Jars of mud are also available for sale. On weekends you can also enjoy of an ayurvedic massage on weekends from $ 20.00 to $ 40.00. The hot springs are open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
This article was first posted on Playacommunity.com on September 1, 2008.