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Hitchhiker’s Guide to Chile

By David. Filed in Chile  |  
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So after the good luck with my first hitchhiker, I decided to try it again.

I was in the small town of Conaripe, Chile and wanted to visit some hotsprings. The town had zero information, but the map showed three to the north, so I got into my car and headed north on a rough gravel road.

A couple kilometers into it a woman had her thumb out and, from what I could guess, looked at least partially from the indigenous Mapuche culture. “No hablo espanol,” I said, but told her I was going to the thermal baths.

She got in for about 10 kilometers until we reached a church were she wanted out. As she left I pointed to the hot springs and asked “el mejor?”.

“Geometricas, si si, Geometricas,” she said.

It’s not much of name, and the signs to it were nothing special. It was two kilometers out of the way to visit,  and I thought about turning back based on how unpromising the road looked, but I was an hour into the trip by now and decided to take a chance.

Sign to the Termas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go up this road?

I am so glad I went up that road. These were incredible hot springs, unlike anything I’ve ever been to.

Here is the best I can describe. They were located in a long mountain valley which started with a waterfall. A stream then went through the 30-meter wide valley and waist-high wading pools had been incorpated into the boulders and cliff walls. Some of the pools were cold, but others tapped into the hot sulphur water, so there was an entire range of temperatures and locations.

Termas boardwalkTermas pool

A red wooden boardwalk let you walk up and down the entire facility and find a place to soak. I spent several relaxing hours there, so much that I head to delay my journey to Pucon and and spend the night back in Conaripe.

More great advice from a hitchhiker.


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