Mapaso Hot and Cold Spring is a geothermal spring where there is good potential for recreation. Located in Brgy. Lapaz, Santiago, Agusan del Norte about 10 to 20 mins depending on how you drive from Cabadbaran City.
The water issuing from a hot spring is heated by geothermal heat, i.e., heat from the Earth’s mantle. In general, the temperature of rocks within the earth increases with depth. The rate of temperature increase with depth is known as the geothermal gradient. If water percolates deeply enough into the crust, it will be heated as it comes into contact with hot rocks. The water from hot springs in non-volcanic areas is heated in this manner where hot springs in volcanic areas are often at or near the boiling point.
Because heated water can hold more dissolved solids, warm and especially hot springs also often have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations, and locations for rehabilitation clinics for those with disabilities.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From the town of Santiago, take the road going to Lapaz all the way to the end until you reach the river.
There will be dug out canoes that will take you to the other side crossing the Calinawan River.
Follow the foot trail that is well-maintained to reach Mapaso Hot and Cold Spring.
Takes about 10-15 mins nature walk. Enjoy the view of Mt. Mabaho from afar, lush greenery, trees, and water stream along the way. There are cottages for rent and rest rooms.