Fuentes Georginas Hot Springs, Guatemala
These gorgeous springs offer thermally heated pools just outside of the Zuníl Volcano. Two journalists happened upon this spot in 1902, and it’s gradually grown into one of Guatemala’s top destinations for relaxation. The water here isn't too hot, but pleasantly warm and rich with minerals. Besides the pools, visitors can also explore an ecological park and a cave used by the Maya for religious rituals.
Georginas Hot Springs offers four thermal pools. Zunil Volcano creates the thermal heat that makes the pools four different pleasant temperatures. There’s a thick wall of jungle foliage that makes a scenic backdrop for the springs. If you wander down a path on the springs’ grounds, you can get a closer look at the native orchids and tropical birds.
The springs are named after President Ubico’s wife, who made frequent use of the springs in the 1930s and 40s. Since then, the springs have been destroyed on multiple ocassions by hurricanes. The beauty of the spot has offered plenty of incentive to rebuild, most recently in 2010.
Travelers typically come here on a day trip from Quetzaltenango, or from one of the towns on the banks of Lake Atitlán. It's even possible to hike there and learn about the local flora and fauna along the way. There are services on site that make it possible for you to spend a relaxing afternoon here, including an on-site restaurant, lockers, and towel rental.