Nicely accessible hot pools near the main road. Pretty untouched, but try it on a sunny day when the sandfly's aren't quite as thirsty.
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Park your car at the carpark beside the powerstation and walk a few meters to the entrance with the signs of the walkways, then follow the path until you reach a bridge and follow a small path to the river where you follow the by hopping over the stones to the bigger river. Then cross a small cold stream and the small stream for the hot temperature. There are several hotspots. Do not forget repellent, the sandflies are beastly!! If you have, take a tool with you to dig.
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The road that should lead to the pools was cut by fences and transformed into a chicken yard and we could not go through. Great gravelled coop, some happy chickens.
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We visited the pools in June. A bit difficult to spot them, as they are located in the river basin. Could be that they disappear when the river carries more water. Dig your own pool and you will be rewarded with warm water right next to the cool river. Found one mud-built pool, max. knee deep. Had a great time with beautiful view, sandflies were gentle when we were in the water.
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Really convenient by the road, not touched by tourists,