World's Coolest Hot Springs

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Sometimes surreal, always sublime, and occasionally stinky, these 10 steaming pools of wellness are worth a dip.

Puritama Hot Springs, Atacama Desert, Chile

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The Soak: The high desert—and at 11,482 feet, we mean high—of this geyser-spiked South American region provides a dramatic backdrop for eight secluded pools named for the term “hot water” in the indigenous Kunza language. While not especially scorching at 91°F, they do, however, have a brilliant blue-green color and an ultrarelaxing aura.

The Scene: Maintained by luxury adventure resort Explora Atacama, the pools, north of San Pedro de Atacama, are open to the public but are rarely crowded.

When to Go: Year-round, but the weather is best from October to June.

World's Coolest Hot Springs

Puritama Hot Springs, Atacama Desert, Chile

The Soak: The high desert—and at 11,482 feet, we mean high—of this geyser-spiked South American region provides a dramatic backdrop for eight secluded pools named for the term “hot water” in the indigenous Kunza language. While not especially scorching at 91°F, they do, however, have a brilliant blue-green color and an ultrarelaxing aura.

The Scene: Maintained by luxury adventure resort Explora Atacama, the pools, north of San Pedro de Atacama, are open to the public but are rarely crowded.

When to Go: Year-round, but the weather is best from October to June.

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