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Hot pools versus hot river: What does La Primavera have to offer?

The town of La Primavera is located 12 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara on the extension of Avenida Vallarta (Highway 15), the road heading for Tepic, Puerto Vallarta and Nogales. It takes only a few minutes to drive south through this pueblito, whereupon you come to a sort of forest. No, I don’t mean the woods, but rather a forest of huge, unsightly signs announcing all sorts of things to do and see, from balnearios (bathing areas) to ziplines.

The first time I drove down that road, many years ago, I paid no heed to those signs and steadily kept going south to what I considered the only natural attraction around: Rio Caliente, the celebrated hot river that literally boils its way into existence in a narrow canyon four kilometers south of La Primavera.

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