To Chill Out in Mendoza, Head for the Hot Springs at Las Termas of Cacheuta

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Termas Cacheuta Mendoza ArgentinaLas Thermas de Cacheuta is a relaxing day trip for those visiting Mendoza. For about $60 USD, you get hotel transfer, an enormous lunch buffet, and a full day’s use of the hotel/spa’s hot springs and mud baths. 15 pesos more will get you a robe for the day and another 60 pesos will buy you an hour massage.

The hotel shuttle picks you up at your door between 9 and 10 a.m. and makes the rounds for other day trippers. Once outside of the city, the landscape turns into something out of the California desert with mountains and desert plants. The road winds quite a bit so the front passenger seat is advised for anyone prone to carsickness.

Termas Cacheuta Mendoza ArgentinaArriving at the hotel is a bit disconcerting. Your driver will ask you if you’re going to the “parque” (water park) or the hotel. Say the hotel (the water park is swarmed with people and the opposite of relaxing.) Once in the hotel lobby, you must decide on the spot whether or not you want a massage or a robe. You’re then put into the spa schedule and instructed to fork over “efectivo” (cash) for spa use, massages, and robes. All of the hotel’s shuttles have arrived pretty much as the same time so there’s a bunch of people trying to take care of payments and ask questions at the same time. There’s a palpable anxiety about paying and getting on with it.

When payments are settled, you’re pointed towards the spa. There are only a few signs as you make your way down the wooden path to the spa so you don’t really know if you’re going in the right direction. The wooden door into spa is unmarked too. It’s best to bring as few belongings with you as possible because at this point, you check your things at the spa. It’s either that or lug everything around all day when most people are managing in just their bathing suits.

termas cacheuta mendoza argentinaDepending on how crowded it is at the spa, you’ll start with the sauna and move on to a hot, hot bath and hot, hot shower with water jets that come at your from all angles and pound you and your flesh into a tizzy. It’s off to the thermal baths and mud after that. This is when the spa/hot springs experience kicks into high – and mellow – gear.

You cake yourself with mud and let it dry in a designated sunny area. All your skin’s wrinkles are multiplied ten-fold by the mud – it’s a bit like looking at elephant skin. The dry mud also makes the scorching heat more bearable and any breeze that kicks up induces a chill, no matter how hot it is. You then rinse the mud off with a two-spouted shower of warm water and head off to the thermal pools, which range from hot tub hot to natural water cold. You dip in and out of the pools as often as you like. Some even jump into the chilly nearby river for a swim.

Termas Cacheuta Mendoza ArgentinaIt’s entirely possible to leisurely enjoy the mud baths and hot springs twice during the day if you get to the hotel in the morning. You have lunch in between sessions and lounge by the warm pool anytime you want. The hotel is so laid-back that you can lunch in your robes. Beverages are not included in the day package but they are reasonably priced. The pool is a sight right after lunch because everyone is sacked out, waiting the advised 60 minutes before returning to the thermal baths.

By the time the shuttle picks you up at 5:45pm, you are completely relaxed, tan, and ready for a big night of doing nothing.

Most hotels and hostels in Mendoza will arrange your Thermas de Cachueta trip. Ask your concierge.

Termas de Cacheuta
Ruta Pcial Km 38
Lujan de Cuyo
Mendoza, Argentina


babychlo on January 14, 08

I am currently planning a tour of South America, and was interested in where to stay in Argentina. Your article has been very informative and helpful.

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