The Termales de Santa Rosa de Cabal Colombia is one of the must-sees in Colombia. The setting is spectacular – imagine relaxing in natural hot springs with a view of this massive waterfall. However, they are a little ways away from the nearest town, and there are a few ways to get there and a few different price points.
First, take a taxi to the terminal and then look for a bus to Santa Rosa de Cabal. The cost of these buses is 1,900 pesos.
Take the Mega Bus to the Victoria stop. When leaving the station, look to the right. You will see a huge Exito and a big mall. Beyond the Exito there is a bridge for pedestrians to cross. On the other side, walk towards the right and wait for a bus on the corner. The bus says “Sta Rosa.”
Second, from the bus, ask the driver to drop you off at the principal plaza. Buses urbanos go to the Termales every hour or so. The cost is 1,100 pesos. Ask one of the people selling candy and cigarettes if a bus has passed recently. If you don’t feel like waiting, ask for directions to the chiva and what time it leaves, which is a block away. The chiva costs 3,000 pesos.
More helpful tips:
- Try to get to the Termales before 2 pm, as the prices rises. To do this, leave Pereira by 12 at the latest.
- Plan your trip during the week, it’s much more expensive during the weekend and on holidays.
- The last bus from the Termales leaves around 7 or 7:30 p.m. Buses leave roughly every hour at about 10 minutes after the hour.
- There are two sets of hot springs. The first one is cheaper, the higher one is by the hotel. The buses continue to the hotel, so you don’t have to change your route. (The photos are from the first set).
- The last bus to Pereira from Santa Rosa leaves at about 10 p.m. Again, good practice is to ask the driver to leave you where the buses pass for Pereira, or ask your seatmate.
- If you want to stay near the Termales, there are about 20 or more hospedajes along the route from the town to the hot springs.
- It is seriously frustrating to try to find the prices online. I paid 12,000 pesos to enter before 2 p.m. on a Tuesday. Calling is the best bet to figure out if it’s high season or low season. Sometimes their Facebook page has info, or hopefully they will add info to their website soon.