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Hot Springs Activity Guide

 

Chile is a volcanic country with many natural hot pools of water throughout the country, especially in the south. Going to hot springs is a popular day activity, especially after a climb or hike when you’re craving relaxation in a wonderful setting, immersed in natural thermal baths. 
 
In the Atacama desert, Termas de Puritama 30km north of San Pedro are a popular choice, as are the hot pools at El Tatio geysers naturally heated to 32 degrees. At over 4000m above sea levels, these hot springs are one of the highest geothermic areas in the world.
 
In Chile’s central zone, termas de Jauel 98km north of Santiago and termas de Cauquenes 117 km south of Santiago are both popular hot springs. Colina hot springs in the Andes near Santiago is offered as an extension program by Cascada, recommended as a post-trek or post-horseback ride activity in the El Morado area. 
 
Chillán is famous for its hot springs, particularly popular in winter during ski season. Further south in the Araucania region there are an abundance of hot springs, ranging from small natural pools in forest clearings to bigger commercial thermal baths. There are geometric hot springs in Villarrica national park, with over 20 pools, which are very popular with tourists in the region. Innovative baths in nearby National Reserve Malalcahuello are designed for athlete therapy. 
 
Upmarket thermal spring options in the Lake District include Puyehue termas in Puyehue National Park close to Osorno, with its 5* hotel and spa centre, and termas Puyahuapi at the start of the carretera Austral offering luxury accommodation with indoor and outdoor thermal pools.  
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