Hidden in the heart of Costa Rica, a natural timeless treasure has been rediscovered.
Welcome to Agua Caliente
Therapeutic hot springs and clay resort in Cartago, Costa Rica
As one of Central America's most infamous hot springs, Agua Caliente has been an attraction for thousands of years. The rich attributes and healing powers of this natural wonder have made it a destination among seekers of relaxation and therapy, regarding it as the legendary "Fountain of Youth".
A hundred years after being destroyed by a devastating earthquake, the site is currently being rebuilt and will soon be open again.
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Excerpts from the article "Hope Springs Eternal", written by Shlomo Papirblat, published by Haaretz Newspaper on January 21, 2011:
"For centuries legends abounded about a 'fountain of youth' in Costa Rica. Then, a few years ago, Avraham Kotlitzky found this long-lost treasure - a spring with water that he says 'makes you healthier if you drink or bathe in it...
...CARTAGO, Costa Rica around the middle of the 16th century, when the first Spanish conquistadors arrived in the southern part of Central America - today's Costa Rica - the native residents told them about a "fountain of youth." The red-skinned locals carried around small bags made of animal hide containing blood-red dirt taken from the spring. To heal injuries or other conditions, they dampened the dirt and smeared it on the affected place; stomach aches and other bodily pains were treated effectively by drinking the wondrous waters...
...The warm waters of the spring, which the Spanish rechristened "the Fountain of Eternal Youth," emerge from volcanic depths below; in the 19th century the spring was Costa Rica's major tourist attraction. Experts from famous European spas such as Baden-Baden and Karlsbad praised the water's potent healing properties. An international company called Bella Vista built a hotel and warm-water pools at the site, and its shares were traded on European stock exchanges. Aristocrats and various other wealthy Europeans made the ocean crossing to heal what ailed them and restore their skin to its youthful luster.
In 1910, a powerful earthquake struck the region, destroying the hotel and burying the spring under debris. The site was virtually forgotten for almost a century - until the arrival of Avraham Kotlitzky from Herzliya, who rediscovered it and is restoring its waters as of old...
....In the middle of the 19th century, the German discoverer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt - one of the most famous men of his time - wrote to the president of Costa Rica, Juan Rafael Mora, recommending two physicians whom he knew, who wished to carry out research in his country. The request was duly granted, and in December 1853 Dr. Alexander von Francius, from Danzig, and Dr. Karl Hoffmann from Berlin, arrived in San Jose. In the spirit of the time, the two inquisitive intellectuals took an interest in a broad range of subjects. They dug up fossils, documented creatures which were unknown in Europe, discovered various types of orchids, treated patients, opened a drugstore in San Jose and finally, in the wake of the legends and tales they had heard, went to Agua Caliente, the mysterious spring.
In many documents from the time, some of which are deposited in historical archives in Costa Rica, and in long articles sent to periodicals in Germany, von Francius wrote about the miraculous waters. He added, ironically, that the masses who were flocking to the spas of Baden-Baden and Karlsbad were missing the real thing. His views made an impression on the new president of Costa Rica, Jesus Jimenez Zamora, who assigned Prof. Luciano Fiatt to carry out a scientific investigation of the spring and submit his conclusions.
The highly detailed report, published in 1865 in the Government Gazette of San Jose (La Gaceta Oficial, No. 335, September 23 ), states: "The water, which reaches a temperature of more than 50 degrees Centigrade as it emerges from the rock, is a brown-gold color and contains a little gas ... The tests showed that it possesses many medical qualities. It strengthens the body and heals skin abrasions."...
..."As the work went on, I started to run experiments," Kotlitzky relates. "I knew that the hospital in Cartago had long ago used the water to treat people with skin diseases. I asked the doctors to send me some people and they agreed.
"One day, an older man arrived who was suffering from psoriasis in many places. It was hard to look at him when he disrobed; he had large ugly skin lesions, which bled when he scratched them. We filled the pool for him and he entered the water. We brought him some red mud and he covered himself in it. An hour later, after three immersions, he came out. It was unbelievable: The lesions had disappeared, his skin was reddish and clean, it looked different. The man swore that he had never felt so good since coming down with the disease.