Colombia Part 14 - Swimming at the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal (Photos + Videos)

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After spending the weekend with Kathi in Salento, I decided to travel to the hot springs of a little village called Santa Rosa de Cabal before heading to Medellin to see her there again.


Santa Rosa de Cabal is one of the main cities of the Colombian department of Risaralda. The City of the Araucarias as it is known has an area of ​​564 km² and is located in the Colombian Andean zone, specifically the coffee region. It has a mountain climate, with an average temperature of 19 ° C.

The hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal are located in the heart of Eje Cafetero, 10 km from Santa Rosa de Cabal, in Risaralda, Colombia, and 25km from Pereira, also in Risaralda. They are the most popular thermal complex in the region, as well as one of its main tourist attractions.

This little village was actually the first place I visited in Colombia that wasn´t touristy at all. There where 3 Hostels in this town and all where empty.

Most of the people visiting this area stay at retreat hotels or spa hotels a bit outside of the town, to get the whole hot spring experience. For backpackers it is quite hard to get here and leave this city as only one local bus comes from Armenia.

The only thing that is worth to visit here is the main square with its positive vibe of people singing and selling local food right next to the colonial church.


This is also the spot where you have to take a taxi or a chiva to get to the hot springs.

The chivas, also known as "stairway buses," are typical buses from Colombia, Ecuador and Panama adapted in a traditional way for rural public transport.

They are characterized by their great color, predominating yellow, blue and red, the national colors of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. In 2006, the chiva was nominated by Semana magazine as a symbol of Colombia.

The chiva is built on a truck chassis, with rows of wide wooden benches that go from one side to the other and where people, animals, luggage and merchandise are accommodated.

One side of the bus is closed and access is made only on the other side. In the back the chiva has a staircase that leads to the upper platform, where there is a luggage rack where often the pets and merchandise of the travelers are also accommodated. Sometimes this grill is used to transport passengers, behavior that is sanctioned by the authorities as "overcrowding".

The colors of these vehicles are vivid and the drawings very varied. These vehicles, representative of the Andean area, are a historical and cultural legacy that must be preserved for future generations.

It is common for the owners or drivers of chivas to assign very original names to them -for example, "La consentida", "La andariega", "La siempre fiel", "Mi rival", "Kaliman", "El Arab" - that go in visible places like the windshield or the sides.

These chivas pass by the main square 3 times a day and you just have to hop on to get to the hot springs of Santa Rosa de Cabal, which are located about 10 km away.

Here it was way colder than in Salento. It was raining and the vegetation changed a lot again. For example I saw a lot of these bambu plants on the way.


Getting there I paid 3USD in Colombian Pesos for the ride and also paid about 7USD for the entrance of the Thermal bath before I could start walking towards the big waterfall along a beautiful small river.

The walk takes about 20 minutes and is a bit heavy but also made super cute with statues and many plants next to the water.





And then after 20 minutes walking you can see the impressive waterfall all of the sudden, which is right next to the hot springs.






The thermal waters are rich in minerals. They are the result of the influence of the volcanic system of the Los Nevados National Natural Park, from meteoric waters that penetrate deep into the earth and are expelled to the outside in this area, with numerous outcrops that are taken advantage of by the infrastructure of the complex.

They sprout from the earth at a temperature of 70 ºC and come down the waterfalls to the thermal pools at 40 ºC.

The thermal complex has spa and massage area, hotel, restaurant, ecological routes and other activities such as descent in ropes by the waterfall.



As it was a cold and rainy day I couldn´t wait to get into the water, so I went to the facilities to change and locked all my stuff there to take a bath at this awesome warm thermal water.



There I made some friends. One of them had my name written on his chest :D:D - He was joking saying that it must be destiny, because it even was written the german way.. not the spanish one :D .. but I didn´t belive a word. They where fun though.


After a while in the water I decided to go out and see the impressive waterfall from a closer view.

I´ve seen many waterfalls already but never one made out of so many little ones and never one with hot water ;)




This nature here in Colombia impresses me every day! The vegetation changes so fast and often moving just a few hundret Kilometers, not even... so I am grateful to be able to visit all these places.

I enjoyed the view for a little while longer drinking a colombian Poker beer before I headed back to the chivas.


Unfortunately I missed the last one, but a few locals offered me to take me back to the village with them. Colombians are such nice people!! They really help you a lot if they can, especially in the poor, not touristy areas.

From here I would go to my next stop soon.... ;)

As always I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog and I am grateful for every Upvote, Resteem and Comment, as you are supporting my travels with it!!


Colombia Part 1: Bogota D.C. - A city full of history and culture!

Colombia Part 2: Guatavita Lagoon, The Muisca Civilisation and The Legend of "El Dorado"

Colombia Part 3 - The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá (Fotos + Video)

Colombia Part 4 - Adventure time at the Natural Pools of Guejar River in the Jungle (Photos + Videos)

Colombia Part 5 - Flying to Macarena National Park being a Copilot ✈

Colombia Part 6 - The Rainbow River at Macarena National Park

Colombia Part 7 - Riding Motor Bike and Chilling in the Pools of the Tatacoa Desert

Colombia Part 8 - Enjoying civilization in Cali!

Colombia Part 9 - Living with the president of the orchids club,helping her out at the green house

Colombia Part 10 - Hiking and Feeding Hummingbirds in the middle of the impressive Flora of Montanitas

Colombia Part 11 - Visiting the typical colonial city of Salento

Colombia Part 12 - Learning how to make coffee at a real coffee farm in Salento

Colombia Part 13 - Horseback riding to a waterfall and hiking at Cocora Valley

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Wow beautiful shots! I love the churches of South America. How long did you spend in Colombia?

Looks amazing.

Me encanto el paisaje y sobre todo el bus al cual le llaman chiva es muy llamativo y colorido, te invito a visitar mi blog y seguir.e,


I just happened to find your blog, but i'm really happy about it! I enjoyed reading it very much, i really love the way you write. Enjoy your journey there!

Thanks! :-)

Very nic post

Haven't tried dipping into a hot spring before. Definitely trying it soon though. Thanks for sharing! :)

Wow wonderful photography. All the best. Great post. Thank you for sharing @lizanomadsoul

Das wäre es, was wir jetzt hier alle bräuchten. Eintauchen in diese "Hot springs". Hier gibt es nur cold flood von oben...
Danke für den schönen Beitrag, so kann wenigstens das Auge und mit ihm die Seele in den warmen Quellen baden. :)

Wow, beautiful waterfall

Ohh that first photo was absolutely amazing, I have yet to visit Colombia, actually haven't been in South America at all, closest I've been is Costa Rica for surfing, so Colombia and nearby countries are pretty high up on my travel list.

Great for me to make a little bookmark and gain some travel-inspiration from your colombia-series, so +1 on that ;)

Otherwise, if you're into travelling, vlogs, fitness, self-development etc feel free to check out my channel, in any case keep up the good work and I'll see you around! :)

Richtig cooler und ausführlich geschriebener Beitrag! Chivas kannte ich noch gar nicht, finde ich irgendwie ziemlich lustig die Dinger! Und der Wasserfall sieht auch mega aus!

Followed und Grüße aus Hamburg ;-)

Das erste sieht ein wenig gephotoshopped aus :D

Wow impressing waterfall. It looks realy fun.

Hi liz.. This is your 2nd article i read and i am v happy to found a beautiful lady like you.. V beautiful land Nd waterfall.. May i ll see it someday.. Thanx for sharing.. Shots are awsome and you wrote everything so deeply that its lijei am also traveling with you.. Thanx for brief content

Was für ein traumhafter Flecken Welt hast du da denn gefunden, wunderbar <3

Du treibst dich echt an den geilsten Orten rum :)

beautiful my colombia.

excellent contribution congratulations

gorgeous place!