This review is about the hot springs only, though Rincon de la Vieja offers many more attractions. The hot springs are along Rio Negro, and in a natural setting. There are about 7 or so pools, different sizes, styles, and temps, ranging from cool to very (too?) hot. Most are right alongside the rushing river, which provides a nice-sounding backdrop for the very natural scene. Some pools are rather secluded while others are more in shared spaces. This is a *very* natural spot -- it's not for those who prefer luxury, waiters, and umbrella drinks. The pools are constructed of individual stones which are slimy with moss, as river rocks become. There's no food around, so you'll want to bring at least some snacks, though you can buy small bottles of drinks upon entry. You hike through the forest to reach these springs, then hike to get from one to another. The terrain is okay and there are steps on the steeper parts, but if mobility is an issue for you, you won't like this. I could actually feel it in my legs the next day. It's not for everyone, but if you like a variety of pools in the middle of nature, this place rocks.
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