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Well-being and relaxation
Relax in the hot springs while your body soaks up minerals that are incredibly good for your health. In these springs, underground water comes bubbling up at different temperatures (above 20 °C), and depending on its composition, it has several therapeutic qualities, such as baths and inhalations, as well as being used for irrigation and heating.
Peruvian geology, and especially the Nazca Plate geological fault, have produced around 500 hot springs. Plate movements allow thermal flux filtration, which heats up underground water. It then comes out of the ground at high temperatures, containing minerals that are good for your health.
Cajamarca: Baños del Inca
Hot springs with temperatures over 70 °C. The water's minerals have therapeutic properties for treating bone, skin and nervous conditions. Designed for the comfort and best enjoyment of visitors, pools have been built where hot water mixes with cold. There is also a sauna and swimming pool in which to enjoy a relaxing bath after sightseeing in the city.
Due to its historical importance, it is one of Peru's most famous medicinal hot springs. The Inca Emperor Atahualpa was found here when the Spanish conquesters arrived. The stone pool where he used to bath can still be seen.
Right from the moment you enter, the steam can be felt rising from the chloride and sulphurous waters of the bubbling springs. Although this area is particularly attractive due to its hot springs, it also has beautiful natural scenery, accommodation and magnificent restaurants.
- Location: 6 km east of Cajamarca (2,750 masl).
- Access: There is public transport available all day from Cajamarca to Baños del Inca.
Arequipa: Yura and La Calera
About 25 km from Arequipa, Yura hot springs are spacious with sulphurous alkaline waters at 26 °C, perfect for rheumatism, arthritis, obesity, varicose veins, breathing conditions, stomach pains, skin and urinary complaints, although they are not for those with heart conditions or diabetes.
- Location: 27 km from Arequipa (2,575 masl).
- Access: There is public transport from Arequipa, the trip takes 45 minutes.
The hot springs at La Calera are found in the Colca Valley, just a few minutes from Chivay. A spa boasting specific characteristics that replenish your energy after trips and hikes through the Colca Canyon. Its 85 °C waters come from the Cotalluni volcano and contain minerals such as Sulphur and Iron, fantastic for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The complex has five spacious and clean pools as well as a small ethnographic museum.
- Location: 3.5 km from Chivay, Arequipa (2,575 masl).
- Access: There are buses from Arequipa to Chivay. The journey takes about 3 hours. From Chivay there is public transport to La Calera.
Áncash: Monterrey, Chancos and Chavín
Monterrey and Chancos
In Áncash, when travelling through the Cordillera Blanca (White Range), there is the chance of having a revitalising bath in hot springs. Monterrey's hot springs are the closest to the city of Huaraz, with its water reaching 49 °C. An alternative is Chancos, located at the foot of the Nevado Copa mountain, it has even hotter waters that are up to 74 °C. The waters of both spas are ideal for the treatment of rheumatic and nervous conditions, as well as paralysis.
- Monterrey (2,703 masl), 7 km from Huaraz (3,052 masl).
- Chancos (2,800 masl), 28 km from Huaraz.
- Access: There is a permanent public transport route from Huaraz both to Monterrey and Chancos.
The medicinal hot springs at Quercos, in the Callejon de Conchucos, are recommended for treating joint and skin complaints. Its sulphurous water comes up from deep within the rock. The complex has rooms, pools and a small swimming pool. It is a destination for hundreds of visitors looking to improve their complaints of rheumatism.
- Location: 2 km from Chavín, Áncash, (3,150 masl).
- Access: There is public transport from Huaraz to Chavín, a journey of about 4 hours.
Cuzco: Aguas Calientes
Machu Picchu Pueblo also known as the town of Aguas Calientes, just a few minutes from the famous Inca citadel, has sulphurous water, colourless and scentless at a temperature of 30 °C, perfect for treating rheumatic, muscle and nervous disorders. An excellent way of replenishing energy after trekking along the Inca Trail or through the Machu Picchu sanctuary.
- Location: 2 km from the train station in Machu Picchu Pueblo, (2,400 masl).
- Getting there by train: to Aguas Calientes using the Cuzco-Machu Picchu Pueblo railway (connection towards Machu Picchu) it is a 4 hour trip.
Lima: Chiuchín - Picoy - Huancahuasi
The legend tells of an Inca that came through this place and made a princess pregnant. In Quechua language, "chiuchi" means small male child, this being the origin of the locality's name. Located on the banks of the Chegras River, all you need to do is cross it to reach Chiuchín's hot springs. Although getting there is not easy due to the state of the road, those who make the effort to visit the hot springs of Huacachín (Chiuchín), Picoy and Huancahuasi will be more than rewarded. At these hot springs relief can be found for liver, skin, breathing, kidney, nervous and rheumatism conditions. The temperature of its waters vary between 40 °C to 60 °C. Here there are a wide variety of available services for the visitor.
- Location: 215 km north-east of Lima.
- Access by land: It can be reached by the Panamericana Norte highway. At km 103 (Río Seco), having gone through Chancay, the turning to Sayán and Churín must be taken, following the Huaura river. The journey takes about 5 hours.