Mud Baths at Agua Blanca

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Today, we visited Agua Blanca, a spring in the Machalilla National Park near Puerto Lopez.

Agua Blanca is a beautiful forest, wild animals everywhere and a type of sulfuric spring where people go to bath and cover themselves in mud that is believed to have some kind of anti-aging quality.

I already feel 25 again!

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

It's about a three kilometer hike through the forest to the spring ... and it's been very rainy this week and we have lots of mud.

It’s about a three-kilometer hike through the forest to the spring … and it’s been very rainy this week and we have lots of mud.

Everybody loves the mud.

Everybody loves the mud.

Especially the kiddos.

Especially the kiddos.

The swimming spring at Agua Blanca. It's sulfuric qualities are said to reinvigorate a youthful feel.

The swimming spring at Agua Blanca. It’s sulfuric qualities are said to reinvigorate a youthful feel.

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Agua Blanca in Ecuador

Miss Ecuador 2013. Not really, but we played it up!

Miss Ecuador 2013. Not really, but we played it up!

Mother-in-law's tongue. It's everywhere.

Mother-in-law’s tongue. It’s everywhere.

Termite nest near the spring.

Termite nest near the spring.

View from the park's highest elevation on a misty day.

View from the park’s highest elevation on a misty day.

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