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.
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