Let’s get back to the brass tacks of how to get the most out of Montañita every day of the week – weekend daytrips. In this case we´re examining the Communa (community/village) ‘Agua Blanca.’ While the village also has a small museum and a very colorful and picturesque iglesia, it’s by far most noteworthy and radical feature is the thermally heated lagoon from which it derives its name. While there are many such lagoons and natural pools throughout Ecuador and South America, the pool in Agua Blanca is unique and overall better than the rest because it consists of 70% sulfur.
To get there from MSS take a bus approximately 45 minutes into the town of Puerto Lopez, then a car ride out of town into the communa. Because the lagoon is part of the Parque Nacional Machalilla, there is a small $5 entrance fee that goes to maintaining the park as well as providing a guide who can show you the area, better explain how the pool works, teach you some of the history of the village, and point out the many colorful birds in the area, including hummingbirds. Once inside you will find the small lagoon and have the opportunity to bathe in its high sulfur content mud.
Sulfur is exceptionally healthy for the skin! It benefits the face through exfoliation, the process of using a subtly abrasive substance to gently remove the oldest dead skin on the outermost surface. Normally these outdated skin cells linger, creating a somewhat unhealthy and duller, dryer outer layer. Exfoliation cleanses the face entirely, leaving only the healthy and new skin cells at the surface. This effect is also considered an anti-aging technique because of its ability to prevent wrinkles from forming. Sulfur mud also acts as a disinfectant that removes bacteria and unclogs pores. It is a highly potent treatment for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. The medical benefits of sulfur are so well-known and effective that it is an active ingredient used in commercial skin health products and spa facials.
Other awesome day trips that we’ve mentioned include Dos Mangos, Isla de Plata, and Los Frailes. For more information hit up the intern crew on our Facebook page or at email@example.com!