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Take a Soak in the World’s 12 Best Hot Springs

Fodor's Logo By Wibke Carter of Fodor's | Slide 1 of 13: Sitting at an altitude of 11,482 ft at the foot of a canyon in the ochre-colored Atacama Desert and surrounded by volcanoes and geysers, Termas de Puritama boasts spectacular scenery—taking a plunge in one of the eight pools becomes nearly an afterthought. Meaning “hot water” in the local Kunza language, the springs’ water is rich of minerals like potassium, lithium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, sulfates, and boron which help cure rheumatism, arthritis, stress, and fatigue. Its remote location, about 45min drive from San Pedro de Atacama, means it’s rarely crowded at Termas de Puritama.

Is there anything nicer than sitting in a hot tub after a day of skiing or climbing some mountain? Actually, there is: soaking in a natural hot spring under blue skies, surrounded by snow-capped peaks, with steam forming white clouds. The mineral-rich waters of these geothermal wonders will soothe aching muscles, help cure rheumatism, and might even prove to be a fountain of youth! From Alaska to the Atacama Desert, we have compiled the best hot springs to soak in on the planet.

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