Consider your morning hike found. The steep climb combined with the altitude (more than 6,000 feet above sea level), means you’d be smart to prepare to huff and puff all the way to the top. Considering the amazing view you’ll get as a reward though, you’ll surely feel it was worth the effort.
SMA is built on the edge of an extinct volcano that hasn’t erupted in 12,00 years. Thanks to the subterranean volcanic activity, the countryside surrounding the town is full of healing thermal waters and hot springs. My absolute favorite of the several I visited is at Hotel Nirvana.
Take a $10 cab ride outside of town and arrive at this little slice of, well, nirvana. Bathe in the warm thermal pool; sit under the continuous stream of healing water; and enjoy some vitamin D from a perch on one of the welcoming loungers or cabanas. Plan to stay for a farm-to-table meal at the restaurant.