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River Tabacón (English) From San Ramón 67 kms nort to La Fortuna.From La Fortuna 12 kms to Tabacón.

Tabacón Spa is located on the road that leads from the village of La Fortuna to the dam on Arenal Lake. It uses the hot waters of the River Tabacón that flow down the northwestern slope of the active Arenal Volaco, which is usually swathed in a thick cloud layer and curtains of rain. The entire area, which was devastated by the giant volcano in July 1968, can be seen from the Spa. The spa stands on the bank of the river at 400 meters above sea level in a very hot and humid zone, sometimes refreshed by wind and rain. The hot river water, as well as the hot-water springs, are used to treat skin problems, obesity, arthritis, stress and muscular pains. The usual practice is to alternate a 30 to 40-minute hot bath with a 5 minute bath in cold water.

There are rumors, that the Government wants to close this spa, since it is dangerously close to the volcano without there being any escape routes in case of a bigger eruption. If such an accident would occur, it would be devastating for tourism in Costa Rica.

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