How to visit the Puritama Hot Springs
Connected by wooden walkways, which make the traveler’s experience even more comfortable and safe, the eight natural pools accessible in this oasis offer different scenarios, experiences and, of course, temperatures.
The higher the pool, the warmer the water. But don’t think that this makes the more distant pools any less privileged. A good tip, in fact, is to arrive at the site and go straight to the furthest pools, where you’ll have the opportunity, depending on the time you get there, to find them completely deserted.
Even in winter, such as July and August, and even though the extreme cold can be frightening, you can still go without fear, because the water is hot in the hot springs and the experience is invigorating.
Our suggestion is, if possible, to put the Termas de Puritama on the last days of your itinerary, so that you can recover the energy you spent on the first days of your trip.
Tips for enjoying a trip to Termas de Puritama
Although the structure of Termas de Puritama is very good, with walkways connecting the natural pools, we always recommend wearing flip-flops – especially around midday, when the walkways get very hot.
If you book the tour with FlaviaBia, which is our recommendation, you don’t have to worry about food or towels, as the agency takes care of all these details for you.
Sunglasses and a hat are good options for enjoying your day with protection. As for sunscreen, we suggest that you apply it in your hotel and avoid using it before you get into the water. Also avoid oily options, as we are talking about a place of delicate nature.
Photos of Atacama's Puritama Hot Springs
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Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante
“The Puritama Hot Springs are a true oasis in the Atacama Desert. For me, it's the tour that most connects us with nature in this destination and renews our energy. It's perfect for rounding off the trip in the best possible way.”
Diogo FernandesPassionate about coffee and travel
“A paradise in the Atacama Desert. It's worth including Termas de Puritama in your itinerary and getting to know this paradise. Super relaxing and with a setting that's hard to believe you're in the middle of the desert.”
“A true paradise in the Atacama. I fell in love with Termas de Puritama and the experience I had there. The hot springs made me relax on a very cold day in the desert. I'd go back a thousand times.”
“I'm completely in love with this place. I never imagined there would be something like this in a desert and when I arrived at the Puritama Hot Springs I was speechless. Each pool is unique and the water is crystal clear... it's beautiful! It's worth it!”
“Termas de Puritama is one of the places I most enjoyed visiting in the Atacama. The beauty of this place is incomparable and the experience of soaking in hot springs in the desert is magnificent. I highly recommend it.”
“A simply unique place in the Atacama. I thought that entering Laguna Cejar would be the highlight of the trip, but when I arrived at Termas de Puritama I was disbelieved. A true paradise well worth visiting.”