(Remember to let us know which time you prefer to take this trip, it can be at 8:00 AM or 1:00 PM) Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup starting at the time selected from the Hotels on the pick up list (Hotels list with pick up included: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified. After hotel pickup, your tour begins with the 45-minute drive from San Pedro de Atacama to the Puritama Hot Springs (Termas de Puritama), 18.5 miles (30 km) north of town.
At 35 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama and 3475 meters above sea level, embedded in a large broken stone, is the Termas de Puritama. Puritama hot springs is a series of eight large pools of geothermal spring water located at the bottom of a canyon in the Atacama Desert.The name Puritama in indigenous language means hot waters. The water has medicinal and therapeutic properties as it draws minerals that brings the Puritama springs.
Its waters are considered thermal waters and has components of meso-thermal sodium-sulfur water is filled with potassium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfates and boron, and when you immerse yourself in the water, those elements are thought to help to stimulate your circulatory and digestive systems and revitalize your skin.
When you arrive, pay the entrance fee (own expense) and head to the changing rooms to put on your bathing suit. Then simply enjoy the pools at your leisure; you have about two hours here before returning to town. Puritama is made up of eight thermal pools with a temperature of 92°F (33.5°C); the pools are linked by a wooden walkway so you can easily walk between them. Spend a bit of time in all of them, or find your favorite and settle in for a long soak. Springing up from one of the driest places on the planet, the waters of Puritama contain all kinds of minerals that are said to soothe various ailments.
After our wellness experience in the Puritama hot springs, we will return our trip back to San Pedro de Atacama. The drop off will be at the same point as where you were picked up (meeting point or Hotels from the list)