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Hervideros de San Jacinto

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Hervideros de San Jacinto

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Nadia M wrote a review Jul 2020
Arad, Bahrain484 contributions85 helpful votes
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We took a tour with our cruise to Leon and St Jacinto bubbling mud pots. About 20 km ( 12 Mi) from Leon was our second stop the “San Jacinto bubbling mud pots” . An amazing natural phenomena where you can see the geothermal activity going on underground. Our visit was in December “ beginning of the dry season “ were the mud spots are less active, but we were lucky enough to witness this incredible phenomena. Seeing the two volcanoes in the back and the bubbling pots in-front of you make you feel the power of nature. It was hot day with some cloud in the sky, but it was worthing the visit. Wear cover shoes and stick in the walking bath, floor is hot and sulfurous smell comes with steam. If you are not willing to go near the mud spots you can just hangout in the park, chairs, hammocks, restrooms, refreshments & souvenirs were available. There was some children trying to give or “sell” mud, they were following tourists but were very polite, one or two dollars will not bother you but it will make some differene for them. Incredible phenomena, must see.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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amanda5805 wrote a review Jun 2019
Duncan, Canada3,879 contributions244 helpful votes
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We were in port for one day with HAL and wanted a private tour for the four of us. This was one of the stops we choose to do. We arrived early. There was no one else there but the local kids (that should have been in school) and a few parents. We were there for about 30 mins. We would have like to have been a little longer but the kids and a few parents would not leave us allow. Trying to offer us gift over and over again. Which we decline with no graciascountless times. Your guide informed us that they are not poor families their parents have jobs but know if they push the kids out they will make a ton of money when ther is ships in port. It really took away from the experence. There is a rocked outline path that you are to follow but really they claim they change the path when ever a new boiling mud pot shows up. One of the kids dug a small hole in the path while we were there to show us how close to the surface mud river flows. It was about 2 inches down. Im sorry is that really safe for people to be walking over? Or kids digging in it? Later one the kids and parents were digging in the big boiling mud and bagging it so people could take them home for facials. Just in case you want a souvenir. All that being said it was actually pretty neat to see. It also had a nice view of one of the volcanos and feel the heat coming from them. Right as we were leaving the first cruiseship tour pulled up with 40-50 guests on board. It was nice to be one step ahead.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Brent M wrote a review Feb 2018
Wetaskiwin, Canada432 contributions153 helpful votes
We were staying in Leon and had this down for a site to see. We took the 30 minute drive in our rental car, which was made a bit longer after a stop by the local law enforcement officials that lowered my wallet level by a bit. It was easy to find and we pulled in and had a couple kids direct us to park and offered to be our guides. They asked did we need "one guide or two" so I opted for two guides. Parking was $2 and I think the park entrance was about the same. The kids were joined by about 4 of their siblings/friends and an adult we were lead to believe was the dad of some or all of the kids. They took us down the path which had a couple tables set up selling rocks and "Pre-Columbian" artifacts from some of the older ladies. Low pressure at least. Across the bridge is where the mud pots start. They showed us the different colours of the boiling mud pots, where to step and where not to step, and the holes that had just opened up within the last month or so. They were really bubbling and had lots of different colours from reds to yellows to brown. The volcanoes in the background made for great pictures and videos of the bubbling. I would not attempt this without a guide. Even though the path is well marked (by the guides I'm sure) if you happened to step in a wrong spot it is possible that you could step into something you weren't prepared for. On the way back my wife found a rock to buy and the kids gave her a candle holder they had made. We gave each of our hired guides a couple bucks and the "dad" asked for a dollar so I gave him a $5 too. Total tour cost was under $20 (other than the cost of the local police) A great deal for an amazing site that I'm sure most tourists never spend the time to see.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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Charlotte B wrote a review Jan 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom15 contributions18 helpful votes
Very easy and cheap to get here on a local bus from Leon. Very interesting and something different to see. You can pay a local "guide" at the entrance to take you around and give you more information. Didn't see anything else like this in all of central america.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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JCFondeur wrote a review Feb 2017
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic736 contributions104 helpful votes
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San Jacinto fumaroles are a great attraction to visit if you are near León, there you will see the boiling mud due to the close volcano, it is mesmerizing and a bit terrifying, there is a fee you must pay to enter and there are many locals that will guide you, I RECOMMEND YOU TO GO ALONG WITH A LOCAL GUIDE, please go along with one of the persons that you will find there, they will tell you where is safe to walk and where is not, be aware that fumaroles are like a hot mud river under the surface and if you wal in a very thin layer it will break and you will get severely burnt, at the end you may tip the person that went along with you.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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