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It’s Fall time again! The perfect reason to visit the hot spring resorts around Pucón

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As you can see from the many blogs Sol y Nievehave published over the years, there are many, many reason to visit Pucón during the whole year. One staple on everyone's itinerary, regardless of sun or rain, is a visit to one of the many hot spring resorts around the town.

These pockets of peace and serenity really come into their own during fall and winter. There is simply nothing better than basking in 38 degree water while rain, or even snow, falls around you.

Some are built into narrow valleys offering glimpses of cloud laden skies punctuated by the rounded tips of Araucaria trees perched on cliff top peaks. Others are located on flat plateaus allowing for wider, more panoramic lush forest views. Some are rustic in style with minimal infrastructure and fewer services. Others are fully fledged resorts with fine dining restaurants and modern Spas offering massage and alternative therapies. Whichever you opt for, the experience is well worth that brief chilly moment when you have just changed into your swim gear but are not yet immersed in the warm healing waters!

Hot springs occur naturally when bodies of water found in the inner earth are heated by magma (molten rock). Due to changes in the earth's pressure, this water rises to the surface forming a hot spring. Chile's location on the Pacific Rim of Fire is well known for its intense volcanic activity, and the many natural hot spring resorts close to the town are testament to the ready source of heat below the surface.

The minerals found in these natural waters here in the south are renowned for their beneficial properties. Rich in sulfates they are known to soothe dermatological problems, can improve digestive complaints, and are also recommended for gastric, liver and vesicular conditions.

Sol y Nieveoffer return transfers to many of the local hot spring options. Here are just some of our favorites to get you started:

Los Pozones Hot Springs

Termas Los Pozones - Los Pozones Hot Springs - Pucon
Located 37 km from Pucón, Los Pozones features six natural stone pools with varying temperatures and is one of the most popular hot spring resorts around Pucón. Located alongside the Liucura river, the views of the surrounding valley are impressive. Changing areas are rustic and there are no other facilities such as a café or seating area. Take water, towel, flip flops and just the cash you need for the entrance fee.

Huife Hot Springs

Termas Huife - Huife Hot Springs - Pucon

A more developed resort including a Spa and restaurant located 33 km from Pucón. The ceramic tiled pools offer a more upmarket sojourn. There is a main pool flanked with sun loungers; another with a roof for particularly rainy days, and yet another cooler pool close to the edge of the Liucura river perfect for stimulating and toning the skin. Changing rooms, lockers and hot thermal showers are all available and the Spa has an interesting range of massages and therapies on offer.

Peumayen Lodge and Hot Springs

Termas Peumayen - Peumayen Hot Springs - Pucon

Peumayen, "A Dreamed-of Place", is located on the same road as Huife and Los Pozones at Km 28. Right on the edge of the Liucura river past the accommodation area, 2 small thermal pools have great views up- and down-river allowing for full immersion into nature. There is also an indoor pool close to the main reception and restaurant. If you plan to use both, take flip flops and something warm to wear while moving between the pools as the main changing area is located by the indoor pool. An award winning restaurant specializing in local cuisine with a French twist completes your day.

Quimey-Co Hot Springs

Termas Quimey-Co - Quimey-Co Hot Springs - Pucon

At Km 30 on the same road as the options mentioned above, Quimey-Co has indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant and café, Spa services and also various paths through the local forest leading to viewpoints over the Liucura river perfect for whiling away some time before or after your dip in the thermal waters. Take your walking shoes and a good book as the park is perfect for spending a good few hours before heading back into town.

Menetué Hot Springs

Termas Menetué - Menetué Hot Springs - Pucon

This Thermal Park has two indoor and one outdoor pools, an convenient changing area as well as a beautifully crafted Spa offering a range of alternative therapies using mud, honey, chocolate and wine! The excellent restaurant is well worth checking out after your dip. Menetué is located 30 km from Pucón off the international highway towards Argentina so can be combined with your onward journey across the Andes if time permits.

Geometric Hot Springs

Termas Geometricas - Geometric Hot Springs - Pucon

An impressive architectural masterpiece, "Las Geométricas" is made up of 17 pools tiled with natural slate and connected by deep red wooden platforms. The location in a lush deep green canyon is awe inspiring. Two waterfalls and three cold plunge pools offer the chance to cool off in-between hot water dips. A café heated by an outdoor oven serves delicious but simple dishes and fresh coffee. Not the closest option to Pucón, these hot springs are located approx. 90 km away and require a minimum of 1,5 hours to arrive. The last 16 km are unpaved so if you take your own vehicle take care on the blind curves.

So there you go! Sol y Nieveoffers some great combos too such as National Park Hiking+ Canyoning+ Hot springs; or Villarrica Volcano Ascent+ Hot springs + Chilean Bbqare among our best sellers. Drop us a line here so we can help you organize your time in Pucón so you max out on the best things to do during the Fall season. Get in touch heretoday!

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