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Hot Springs and Archeological Site!

For about 5$, where else can you enjoy hot springs and a historical/archeological site? Very... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Gretchen s
Denver, Colorado
Interesting place and nice swim and mud mask

We went here for a day. The entrance is very cheap and a guide showed us around the museum and then... read more

Reviewed May 24, 2018
Suzie B
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Reviewed November 23, 2015

Just a short drive (aprx 0.50 via bus or $5 via tuk tuk or taxi) outside of Puerto Lopez is Agua Blanca - Machailla National Park. Upon gate entrance it is a good 4-5K (2.5 -3 miles) to the start of the guided hike and museum. You can either walk that distance or let your cabbie take you right to the museum. $5 entry fee per person gets you your own personal tour guide who will take you through the entire museum and its history as well as a hike around to different archeological sites with artifacts and ceremonial temple locations. Be aware that the tour is entirely in Spanish - we were able to get the majority of what was being said but regardless it is still very much worth it. The hike takes about 30-40 min depending on how long you stay at each site and how long you take rests. I would suggest shoes but my hubby did the whole thing (plus the walk back to front gate) in flip flops and he was ok! Nearing the end of the hike is the natural sulfur lagoon where you receive a mud masque concoction to apply to your body - as much or as little as you want. We waited for the mud to dry (another 20 min or so) and then took a dip in the lagoon. It wasn't as strong smelling sulfur as the pits in Hawaii but it was smelly! After we took our swim we rinsed off in the shower area and we both noticed how unbelievably soft our skin was! Think mud spa treatment for $5!! There is a place for drinks or snacks if you need and then a small hike back to the main starting area by the museum. Overall we had a great time. Jose was our guide and did a wonderful job! Definitely something to check out if you are in the area!

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed November 22, 2015

Many visitors come to Agua Blanca from the south (Puerto Lopez) or the north (Puerto Cayo) we took the bus from Cayo for $1 and had them stop directly at the front gate of Agua Blanca on the road.
We were told there would be Moto-taxi's to take us in, however there was no one. No problem, we walked the 5km to the actual start of the tour. ($5 entry per person)

The tour:
- You start at the museum with many interesting artifacts, archeological finds, human and animal remains and some facts about the era/time/culture, of the people, etc.
- Afterwards you go on a walking tour of the grounds. We went in October and there was NO river crossings needed to be made (in fact there was no white water at all, it's winter and the dry season)
- We saw more dig sites, ancient building remains, gardens, flora & fawna, etc
- Next was the sulphur pool where you can rub clay on your skin and swim in the pools. They are quite warm and therapeutic.
- After that, a walk back to the start where you may get lunch, shop at the small store, or take a taxi back to the road (or into whatever town you came from)

- You walk a lot. Wear good shoes.
- We happened to have a guide that did NOT speak English (my Spanish is okay, but some of the topics were hard for me to translate) either way, you could still get something out of the tour even if you did not speak Spanish, just be patient.
- Washrooms are at the first museum and at the sulphur pools
- Plan 3-5 hours including travel (less if you do not walk the 5km in and out)

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed August 20, 2015

As a solo traveller I was lucky to have met some overlanders that invited to take me along to Agua Blanca and the Machalilla National Park in their vehicle, because on your own it would not have been that much fun. It is only a few I'm outside Puerto Lopez and I saw quite a few moto-taxis heading there and back, but unfortunately cannot tell you what they would charge. The entrance fee to Agua Blanca is 5$, but as our guide explained, this money goes towards the upkeep of the community as they get no funding from the government. The little museum has some archeological exhibits from the area, and although our guide spioke no English he spoke clearly and simply, so even I could follow him, and there are also a few explanatory signs in English. Because we were in our own vehicle we could drive the short distance to the sulphur baths, but ordinarily you would walk there accompanied by your guide. Highly reccomend the mud bath, bring a costume ( make sure it's not your white one!!) and slather it on, wait for it to dry and then take a swim in the sulphur bath. It can only be good for you. Had a delicious empanada at the little adjacent eatery. A few hours well spent, and I certainly did not begrudge the 5$, when it goes to support the community.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Sybille V
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Reviewed April 22, 2015

We took a tuk tuk here from Los Frailes beach for $5, beware.....we were told their were busses running from here to puerto Lopez and there were Not! Thankfully a nice couple gave us a ride to town after our tour!
Definitely worthy of a visit here, I enjoyed the whole place, archeological sites, walking trails, great sulphur mud bath and museum! Check it out!

Date of experience: March 2015
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Reviewed April 6, 2015

A short drive from Puerto Lopez-this community maintains a Museum and local guide explains the long history of its peoples.
A mud treatment and a dip in volcanic, sulfur lake is lots of fun.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Awa909
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