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.