Caldera Hot Springs & Petroglyphs | Thermal pools by Boquete

Tourists enjoying the hotsprings in Caldera, Panama

Relax & Chill in Caldera's Hot Springs

Unspoiled natural hot water pools with healing properties

  • Information about The Caldera Hot Springs: learn more about the unspoiled and uncrowded hot springs that you can encounter close to the town of Caldera, on a private farm, only 45 minutes by 4 x 4 from downtown Boquete. These natural hot springs are famous for their healing properties.
  • Caldera Hot Springs Tour Prices & Itinerary: cost and itinerary for a tour to the hot springs in Caldera and the pre-hispanic petroglyph site.
  • How to Get to The Caldera Hot Springs by Yourself?: instructions about how to get to the Caldera Hot springs on your own by spending $41 and taking 3 times longer to get there. You'll walk 2.5 hours on a dirt road and use public transportation.
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General Info

Group of language students and local friends at the Caldera Hot Springs 30 minutes from Boquete

If you want to relax and chill out, on the path to Boquete lies a place famous for its natural hot springs renown for their healing properties. The hot springs are located within a private farm and four undeveloped pools of mineral water with different temperatures are easily accessible. With so many adventurous and physically demanding tours in Boquete, the Caldera Hot springs is certainly a place to come if you feel like soothing your aches.

The Caldera Hot Springs has 4 natural thermal pools of different temperatures

Caldera, which means boiling pot, is a small town near the Caldera River and is halfway between Dolega and Boquete. The river itself serves as a refreshing cool off after bathing in the hot springs. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the Río Caldera and marvel at the smooth and warm boulders and hot pockets of water within the river itself which can be located with the help of your guide.

Two of the four thermal pools are surrounded by man placed stones which give them a touch of intimacy and privacy. The temperatures in each hot water hole range from 38°C - 46°C. What travelers most like about this hot water site is that it is totally uncrowded. Most of the times, you'll have all four pools for yourself or at least one for your entire group.

If it rains, you should not worry. Being inside a hot water hole while its pouring is one of the nicest sensations you can experience. All water holes are located under trees and spread out vegetation. As with all activities in Panama, always carry a rain jacket during the rainy season. This will help you get back dry and warm to your hotel after each tour.
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Tour Itinerary and Prices

What do you need to take?

The Caldera Hot Springs has 4 natural thermal pools of different temperatures
  • Towel
  • Bathing Suit (do not bring soap or any other cleaner, PLEASE!)
  • 2 liters of drinking water (you'll not exercise but the heat can make you thirsty!)
  • Some beers to cool off or wine to relax (snacks are included)
  • Digital Camera or Video Recorder
  • A complete change of clothes
  • A backpack to put everything in

Caldera Hotsprings Tour Itinerary

  • Meet up
  • 30 minutes by 4x4 to petroglyphs location (if you choose to go here)
  • 5 minutes for walk to petroglyphs (if you choose to go here)
  • 10 minutes to observe petroglyphs and listen to speech (if you choose to go here)
  • 5 minutes to walk back to the 4 x 4
  • 10 minutes by 4 x 4 to the Hot Springs Farm
  • 5 minutes walking to the Hot Springs area
  • 2 - 3 hours at Hot Springs
  • 10 minutes to walk back to the 4 x 4
  • 45 minutes by 4 x 4 back to downtown Boquete

Note: morning and afternoon tours can be scheduled to start at 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. Times are approximate and depend on weather, group size and other factors.

  Habla Ya Student Rate
Hot Springs Tour $35
Hot Springs Tour + Petroglyphs $45

* Prices are in US Dollars. The above prices are per person and do not include Panama's 7% ITBMS Sales.

Prices include: transportation to and from the Caldera Hot Springs (departing from Boquete), snacks, private farm entrance fee, guidance and explanation at petroglyph's site.
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How to Get to The Caldera Hot Springs?

Girls on their way to the hot springs on the bridge over the Caldera River

On the road from Boquete to David, look for the sign that leads to Caldera on the left side of the road. It is approximately 11 km from Boquete. Drive on that road for another 6 - 8 kms until you reach the town of Caldera and start looking for a small sign that indicates the road to the hot springs. This will be a rather brutal dirt road where you'll have to leave your car unless you got a 4 x 4. Expect to walk for at least 1 hour until you get to a bridge that crosses the Caldera river. Walk for another 5-10 minutes uphill to your left until you reach a small gate on your left to enter the private farm. If you walk for more than 15 minutes, you have already missed it, go back!

At the cabin after a mud bath at the Hot Springs in Caldera

If you do not have your own transportation, you'll have to take a taxi to the town of Caldera from Boquete and arrange a pick up at a predefined time. He should charge you around $40 in total ($20 each trip). You'll then have to walk around 1 hour to get to the hot springs because taxis will not be willing to get on the brutal dirt road because it could damage their car. The entrance fee to the private farm is $1.

If your plan is to relax, this should lead you to the conclusion that a guided tour is certainly worth it. You'll only pay just a little bit more and you'll save yourself almost 2 hours and a half of walking on a dirt round (with no really nice nature views), you'll not risk losing your ride back to Boquete (which could mean walking another 8 km) PLUS on a guided tour with us to the Caldera Hot Springs you'll also be taken to the site of the pre-hispanic petroglyphs.
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