Puritama Hot Springs

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Puritama Hot Springs
Termas Baños de Puritama
60m artificial fumarole at el tatio geothermal field.jpg
Tatio Geysers, near Puritama
Location San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Coordinates 22°43′15″S 68°02′41″W / 22.72083°S 68.04472°W / -22.72083; -68.04472Coordinates: 22°43′15″S 68°02′41″W / 22.72083°S 68.04472°W / -22.72083; -68.04472
Elevation 3.500 meters (11.48 feet)
Type River
Frequency Constant
Duration Constant
Temperature 33.5 °C (92.3 °F)

Puritama Hot Springs (Spanish: Termas Baños de Puritama) is a series of eight large pools of geothermal spring water located at the bottom of a canyon in the Atacama Desert, in the Antofagasta Region in the north of Chile.[1] It is located at an altitude of 3,475 meters above sea level, 30 km northeast of the town and commune of San Pedro de Atacama and 348 km northeast of Antofagasta, and is a popular tourist attraction.[2]


The hot springs are managed by now, since 2011, the Explora hotel, charging for $15.000 Chilean pesos to get in (Spanish: Consejo de pueblos Atacameños) who are responsible for maintaining the modern tourist facilities. Facilities include the outdoor pools connected by wooden footpaths, some waterfalls, and changing rooms.[3][4] The area surrounding the springs is a site of archeological and cultural interest,[5] especially the town of San Pedro de Atacama, which was declared a “traditional zone” (Spanish: "Zona típica") in 1980.[6]

Nearby, other places to visit include the Valley of the Moon, Atacama Salt Flat, the characteristic town of Toconao, Los Flamencos National Reserve and the El Tatio Geysers.


The Puritama Hot Springs were known for centuries and used for medicinal purposes by the local Atacama people, or Atacameño. However, they only opened to the public relatively recently. The sodium sulfate waters are recommended for rheumatism, arthritis, stress, physical fatigue and other ailments.

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  1. ^ Puritama Hot Springs website (English) www.termasdepuritama.cl Retrieved June 06, 2013
  2. ^ Puritama Hot Springs www.visitchile.com retrieved June 06, 2013
  3. ^ Spas and hot springs Archived 2012-08-31 at the Wayback Machine. ThisisChile.cl, May 13, 2011. Retrieved June 06, 2013
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2014-09-05.  meilenum.de, September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014
  5. ^ thousand year old geoglyphs discovered in north of Chile[permanent dead link] ThisisChile.cl, November 03, 2010. Retrieved June 06, 2013
  6. ^ Tierra de Monumentos Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. SanPedrodeAtacama.com. Retrieved June 06, 2013

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