Parque Acuático (Ixtapan de la Sal) - Hot Springs in Mexico


For most Mexican people, a hot spring may mean a water park where the whole family can enjoy.

Visit one of the largest water parks offering thermal water in Latin America.

Bubbling indoor pool

Ixtapan de la Sal is mostly considered as a getaway destination of Chilango (=residents of Mexico City).

However, I believe that the spa and health resort should be known as a worldwide tourist spot.


When it comes to hot spring theme parks in Mexico, I like to recommend the secluded Grutas Tolantongo, but Parque Aquatico Ixtapan could superior in scale.

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They have even a sightseeing train in the large premises.

Reception Counter

The facility is divided into two areas: Pleasure Zone (125 MXN for weekdays, 200 MXN for weekends) and Spa Zone (85 MXN for weekdays, 30 pesos when entering Pleasure zone).

I visited Spa Zone that started their business in 1939.


I thought it would be crowded, and arrived at the opening time, 9 AM.

But it opened at 9:20.
Oh, Mexican time.
Entrance Hall

Different from Balneario Municipal close to Centro, few local people seemed to use Parque Acuático.

The building looked old and magnificent.

For Drinking

There was a faucet for drinking the mineral water, which had strong metallic smell.

If you are looking for a private pool, you can enter the side door of Shangri-La Spa.

Shangri-La Spa

In the opposite side against the entrance, there is a way to Pleasure Zone.

Gate to the Park

The Spa Zone consists of an indoor pool and an outdoor pool.

The bathhouse of the indoor pool was filled with steam.

Door to Indoor Pool

The water was not so hot around 104 degrees F, but was bubbled in the main pool that generated vapor.

Locker rooms (additional charges needed) are used for changing cloths and for keeping belongings inside.

Indoor Pool 1

Air was extensively provided under the cover looked like a shell.

The water rich in iron was oxidized and looked bright brown.


The depth was around waist-deep when standing.

The bottom of the shallow pool had a pitch.

Indoor Pool 2

In Mexico, generous regulations allow water not chlorinated, which was good news.

However, you need to be more conscious about the amount of water input when talking about the sanitary environment.

Soaking 1

Outdoor pool with greenish water

The outdoor pool had a flavor of nature, next to the woods.

Outdoor Pool 1

The pool was somehow separated from the greenery by white screens.

Outdoor Pool 2

The second floor also equips locker rooms.

It may be for a protection against theft to have lockers located right around the pools.

Dressing Rooms

The water was chilled by natural air, around 100 degrees F.

Outdoor Pool 3

Due to the salty inclusion, I felt hot from inside despite the warm temperature.

Soaking 2


Parque Acuático Ixtapan, Ixtapan de la Sal, México, Mexico

My rating

Type: Walk-in

Rule: Clothing required

Chlorination: Not detected

Water temp: Up to 104 degrees F

Official website

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Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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