HIKING TO THE TOP OF VOLCANO VILLARRICA
Staring into the abyss of an active volcano and living to tell the tale
The Termas Geometricas Hot Springs is a center of geothermal hot water, that’s aproximately 1.600 square meters (17,200 square feet), which has 20 natural pools with water temperatures that range from 30°C to 45°C (86 to 113°F). It is located immersed in the native forests of the Villarica National Park, on kilometer 16, on the route the crosses the park from Coñaripe and Pucon.
Conceived by architect Germán del Sol, the complex harmoniously combines the use of natural resources and a geometrical concept in its architectural design, forming a beautiful walkway of wooden paths and bridges that connect numerous stone pools of hot spring water. The site is surrounded by mountains, walls of plants, rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Inaugurated in 2009, it is the largest complex of hot springs built in Chile.
Formerly called Termas de Cajón Negro (meaning Black Canyon Hot Springs), the Termas Geométricas Hot Springs takes advantage of the more than sixty sources of pure thermal water that naturally sprout at 80°C (176°F) given the place’s proximity to the magmatic layer of the Villarrica volcano. There are twenty pools at various temperatures connected by 450 meters (almost 1500 feet) of wooden walkways which cross the entire center and allow people to walk up and down the ravine.
Known as one of South America’s nicest and most classic wellness centers, the place’s close contact with nature contributes to the relaxation, health, physical and spiritual well-being of its visitors. Plus, the heat and therapeutical properties of the water, activates the body, allowing visitors to feel completely rested and restored.
It is one of the few hot springs that in addition to its day activities, they also open at night during the summer months of January and Februrary. They have a cafeteria, dressing and locker rooms and bathrooms. It is open every day of the year.
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