Sambo Creek Hot Springs, a Site Waiting For You to Discover…
The dense tropical rain forests in Central America hold many secrets for you to discover. Some of them however, have already been found and can be enjoyed with comfort. One of these secrets are the Sambo Creek hot springs in the Nombre de Dios National Park. They are just behind the Garifuna community at Sambo Creek.
About one kilometer past the detour towards Sambo Creek on Highway CA13 heading east from La Ceiba, in the direction of Trujillo, you will see a small sign on the right that says Glenda’s Paradise Thermal Springs. If you continue just a short distance, you will see an even smaller sign that says Hot Springs and Canopy Tour. This is where you are going to! If you are driving, the above instructions are clear. If you are taking a bus, take a bus in the direction of Trujillo. It can be one going to Jutiapa, Saba, Trujillo, Tocoa or Olanchito. Let the bus driver know that you need to get off just past the Sambo Creek detour, where the above mentioned signs are!
From the road, you are about a quarter of a mile from the entrance to the facilities. Just follow the dirt road up to the parking area. From there down across a creek and on to the thatched roof hut that operates as the office. There is a third alternative to get there. Simply call the Sambo Creek Canopy tour operator at telephone (504) 9851 9002 and (504) 3232 3232 and have them pick you up. Transfers to and from are reasonably priced. You will find that you do not need to worry about where to get off the bus, etc.
Your options once there:
The zip line is fantastic, with one cable that is almost one mile long! But for me the best part of the experience are the tropical hot springs. They are within a crystal clear creek that cascades down the mountain. As the water falls, it forms small natural pools where you can relax. A relaxing massage and a mud bath finish off the experience for a great day in La Ceiba. This is one of the top things to do in La Ceiba and I fully recommend it!
You have two different activities that you can enjoy here. The Sambo Creek hot springs and a zip line canopy tour. Each will cost you $40 US per person, however if you do both the cost is $65 US per person. Once you take care of business it’s time to have fun and or relax!
You will be happy to know that there are several good restaurants in Sambo Creek! This means that if you do go out this way, you can relax and enjoy a nice meal at one of the beachfront restaurants in Sambo Creek. Bon apetit! The same applies if you went to the Cayos Cochinos Marine Monument and did not have lunch there. You can enjoy a good meal once you are back at the Garifuna village at Sambo Creek.
If you are staying in one of the lodges in the Cangrejal River area, such as La Villa de Soledad B&B, they will be happy to arrange transfers for you to get to these spectacular, little known hot springs.