From the highway opposite Zunil, a narrow road leads for nine kilometers,
rising slightly all the way, to the state-owned Fuentes Georginas, a hot-springs
spa built during the presidential term of the dictator Jorge Ubico (1931-44),
and named in his honor. The views through clefts are immediately magnifient,
to the valley of the Samala River dropping precipitously into a canyon
and down toward the coast, the paved highway taking a more cautious route
along the canyon wall.
At the spa, stone and block cottages are set along a winding ledge overlooking
a narrow, steep, cloud-forest valley, misty and cool during the day, and
cold at night. Bird calls sound in the surrounding lush forest not far
away, quetzals may still be sighted.
A hot stream nearly enclosed by a rock wall is dammed up into a large
swimming pool, which used to be watched over by classical female statuary.
Unfortunately, this beautiful statue was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch
Stepping out from a dip into the sometimes biting air can be a refreshing
and shivering experience.
The baths are surrounded by fresh green ferns, thick moss and lush forest.
Paul Glassman: Guatemala Guide
Mark Whatmore and Peter Eltringham: Guatemala and Belize. The rough guide.