We spent some time in each thermal pool, thoroughly enjoying the warm water and the massage of the falls on our backs. We stopped to have a picnic tea we had packed for the occasion and got a suntan at the same time. Our bodies benefited from the changes in temperature (between 30° and 25°) and it was only in the late evening when a breeze made us put on something warm and head back to town.
Before leaving the venue, we went to the only service provided: the rustic changing rooms where the attendants told us the water from the Puritama contains sodium sulphate, magnesium, potassium and calcium in therapeutic doses and that there is absolutely no human intervention as the water temperature is totally natural.
The simplicity of the place adds to its charm. We thanked nature for its power because, after visiting the five recreational points of this healing river, our bodies were free of weariness and routine.
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Useful DataHow to get there
The hot springs are located 40 km from San Pedro de Atacama. Drive 30 km along Machuca route and turn right into a dirt road and follow the signs. Travel agencies provide transfers, opening times and admission fees. Service is also provided by Hotel Explora situated at the upper stretch of the river.