Cool off in the waters of the ‘El Colibrí’ spa in Ayala


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Published by Rosaura Hernández | El Sol de Cuautla on July 14, 2023

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Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in a hidden gem of tranquility in the municipality of Ayala, just east of Morelos. Nestled in this serene location is a spa that may not be widely known but undoubtedly offers an unforgettable experience of relaxation and enjoyment for its visitors.

At El Colibrí spa, you can immerse yourself in the refreshing pools or take a dip in the river that gracefully meanders through the premises. Conveniently located a mere five minutes from Ayala’s zócalo on Lázaro Cárdenas avenue, the spa is situated just 150 meters from the Public Security and Fire offices.

Legend has it that over 70 years ago, this area was nothing but a swamp. However, a visionary man took it upon himself to transform it into a splendid spa. Initially shaping it as a model, he gradually turned it into a reality, continuously improving it over time.

Spanning an expansive area of 38,600 square meters, predominantly adorned with lush green spaces, El Colibrí offers a spring with multiple water sources that converge into a river boasting a depth of approximately three meters. Furthermore, the site features a natural waterfall, a magnificent 50-meter-diameter mega pool, an aqueduct, a shallow pool, several palapas, grilling areas, ample parking, a camping zone, and a restaurant.

Faustino Quiroz Banderas, the manager of El Colibrí, has shared that the spa operates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The admission fee for adults is 80 pesos, while children and minors pay 40 pesos. Visitors have the freedom to bring their own food and beverages or come and go as they please.

While not as widely known as other spas in Ayala, El Colibrí has recently gained popularity in the region thanks to the glowing recommendations from its visitors. Quiroz explains that the relative obscurity of the place stems from its closure for several years. It wasn’t until five years ago that it reopened regularly, only to face closure again due to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

El Colibrí takes pride in being a completely family-friendly destination, promoting the cleanliness of its waters as a key highlight. Bathers experience a unique sense of relaxation as they swim in the expansive pool, serenaded by the melodious songs of birds flying overhead. The harmonious sounds are complemented by the cascading water from the waterfall, and if you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of hummingbirds gracefully hovering over the pool, all amidst the cooling shade of towering trees and swaying palm fronds.

The circular pool itself holds an impressive volume of three million six hundred thousand liters of water, featuring different depths to accommodate swimmers of all ages. In the river, visitors can enjoy swimming or rent boats for a gentle rowing experience, with each person paying a nominal fee of 20 pesos. The scenic surroundings are often graced by the presence of fish and ducks, adding to the tranquil ambiance.

For those seeking an extended stay, camping facilities are available at a cost of 200 pesos per person. El Colibrí provides a designated safe area for camping, but visitors are required to bring their own tents and camping gear.

“Our objective is to offer a clean, peaceful, family-oriented, and secure environment. We strive to differentiate ourselves from other spas by meeting these criteria. Although we may not attract large crowds, we take pride in providing a safe and comfortable space for our visitors,” Quiroz emphasized.

In addition to the aforementioned attractions, El Colibrí offers several playgrounds for children and picturesque bridges that span parts of the river, providing ideal photo opportunities for social media enthusiasts.

“We don’t claim to be the best. Our aim is to be unique, as each spa in Morelos offers distinct experiences. Our focus is on nature and the serenity we can offer our clients. We want them to unwind and enjoy a place where the entire family is welcome. Nevertheless, we are confident that once visitors come, they will fall in love with the place and return,” Quiroz concluded with enthusiasm.

Conveniently located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Cuautla and a mere two-hour drive from Mexico City, reaching El Colibrí spa is easy. Simply take the highway and exit at Tepoztlán, then head towards Cuautla along the Emiliano Zapata boulevard. After passing the Municipal Palace, take a right at the first gas station, and you will be greeted by prominent signs welcoming you to the spa.

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