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A few meters from the banks of the Chiriquí River in the community of Paja de Sombrero in the district of Gualaca, several hot springs are within easy reach. Known as the Caldera hot springs (“los pozos de Caldera”), these well-preserved pools are located about an hour’s drive from David and can be accessed for a nominal fee.
For decades, Panamanian and foreign visitors have come to these thermal springs in the Chiriquí Mountains seeking relief from pain and even to cure illness through a hydrotherapy process which involves soaking, irrigation and massage. The waters promote circulation and relaxation and have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. In addition to the water’s therapeutic benefits, many also enjoy the shelter of the surrounding forest.
The nine hot springs in Paja de Sombrero range in temperature from 39° to 42° C, which qualifies them as mesothermal (medium temperature) waters. A pond with a channel now located on the property has helped to improve the water flow. The farm on which the hot springs lay is dedicated to raising duck, quail, rabbits, geese, goats, sheep, pigeons and peacocks. They also have domestic cattle, including a buffalo and a bull, which provides a nice show for visitors.