REGION: Northern Chile.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4 (Medium-High).
SUMMARY: Hike alongside the confluence of two rivers in Guatín canyon, where one river comes from the warm thermal springs of Puritama, and the other is the Purifica River, whose waters are from the Andes Mountains Range.
DURATION: 6 -7 hrs. (4 hour hike).
MIN. / MAX. PEOPLE: 2 – 12 people.
SEASON: Year around, weather permitting. Note: Between January and March, the so called Altiplanic Winter comes with occasional showers and changes in the river’s water levels. The route can be closed.
ITINERARY: Pick up from your San Pedro hotel or arranged location. We drive to the northeast from San Pedro, heading for the Guatin valley. The Guatin valley (altitude 3,000 m) contains the confluence of two rivers, one coming from the Puritama thermal springs (Hot Spring) carrying earth and minerals in its warm waters, and the other being the Purifica River (Good Water) which flows down from its origin in the Andes. This extraordinary mixture of hot spring water and clear melt water creates a unique ecosystem in the Guatin Canyon. A hike here is really rewarding, not least for the giant candelabra cacti that grow in the canyon, some of which are already up to 500 years old. This leisurely hike begins in the Guatin Canyon, whose vibrant red rocks provide a wonderful display of colors. The walk along the canyon floor follows a steady incline through unique local flora, before reaching the Puritama thermal springs.
The Puritama Hotsprings (3400m/11220ft.) are ponds that have volcanic origins and with healing properties at a temperature of 32°C approximately (89.6 °F). Take a relaxing swim, before our return trip to San Pedro.
Note: It is essential that you wear light and fast drying clothing in order to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion; also, windbreaker, sunglasses, hat, swimming suit, towel, and sun protector is needed.
INCLUDED: Professional trekking guide, entrance fee, communication/mobile phone, 1 mineral water, snack per person, and private transportation.
NOT INCLUDED: Accident insurance, extra meals, personal equipment, tips or anything not listed in the program.
GUEST PROVIDES: Comfortable clothes appropriate to the hiking activity (From December to March you have the highest temperatures over 40 celsius degrees during the day), trekking boots or tennis shoes, backpack, camera, water, cap or hat.
TOUR OPERATED BY: Patagonia SouthernLand Expeditions staff
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