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Aguas Hediondas - Spa/Hot Springs Tulcán - Ecuador

If you have a few hours to kill or happen to be suffering from a rheumatism or poor circulation, you might want to pay a quick visit to Aguas Hediondas. This small hot springs complex of “smelly waters” (so called because of the strong rotten-egg smell given off by the sulfur-rich waters) is located outside the village of Tufiño - a scenic, thiry-minute drive from Tulcán. The locale is made up of three milky-white pools which supposedly cure the above ailments, and while the facilities are a little rundown (broken tiles and grim changing rooms), wallowing outside in 35-degree water while looking up at the surrounding mountains is not an unpleasant experience altogether. There also is a 45-minute path (“sendero frailejón”) which takes you through the páramo vegetation, including the peculiar frailejón tree, which resembles a leafy pineapple on a stick.


6km past Tufiño

Tulcán, Ecuador

Spa/Hot Springs Types:
Hot springs

Getting There

Take a Cooperativa TransNorte bus from the corner of Roberto Sierra and Rafael Arellano ($0.40, 35 minutes, every hour) to the village of Tufiño. There, unless you have your own 4x4 or want to hike 6km along the dirt road, hire a camioneta for $6-10.

Travel Tips:

It is possible to camp on the grounds

Price Description:

Entrance $1

Relative price: Budget

Days Closed:open daily

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
US dollar

By Andrea Davoust
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19 Mar 2013

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