At first glimpse, the misty hot springs that make up Las Fuentes Georginas may not look particularly adventurous. Beautiful - yes. Enticing - yes. Adventurous – not really. After all, since their discovery around the turn of the 20th century, these natural thermal baths have become something of a tourist sensation: first for Guatemalan residents, and then inevitably for all kinds of weary travelers visiting Quetzaltenango. Think Peru’s “Aguas Calientes,” only not quite as crowded and infinitely more scenic, with a view of Volcan Zunil in the distance. But while you can go the easy route and book a ride to Las Fuentes (for one or multiple days, since there are cabins/bungalows right at the three main springs), the experience becomes even more rewarding when you make the 20+ km trek to Zunil on foot.
You won’t find too many groups offering this hike, but Quetzal Trekkers is one of them (see our links). The trail, which winds through fertile farming valleys, various levels of cloud/alpine forest and along the Siete Cruces Ridge, is replete with incredible images of western Guatemala, including views of Santa Maria and Lake Atitlan in the distance. Due to its length and several noticeably steep sections, expect to be thoroughly worn out by the time you reach Las Fuentes Georginas (especially if you're planning to tack the nearby Zunil Volcano ridge hike onto the itinerary). Not to worry, though: that exhausted feeling will only make the therapeutic waters that much more enjoyable. Then just kick back, relax, splash around, and enjoy the spoils of a hard-earned adventurous victory.