Top 6 Thermal Baths of Peru
Perhaps the Earth’s cry, the thermal baths, a natural phenomenon that gives us our planet, which not only gives us cold, too hot, water coming from underground layers of the Earth, which are rich in mineral components .
Since ancient times, ancient civilizations used the bathroom as a therapeutic measure or as a forum to socialize. The oldest findings of constructions dedicated for this purpose date from before 2000 B.C. in India. There is also mention of the same in different Greek texts such as Homer’s Iliad. In ancient Rome and Greece the bathroom was considered a ritual. The earliest records of the use of hot water in the “hot springs” are late V century B.C. The bathroom looked like social event, this led to the appearance of different types of “spas” and including “therapeutic baths” or hot springs, which also had a strong symbolic-sacred meaning.
Among the benefits of the hot springs is the fact that a very natural and pleasant to combat stress and muscle aches, bone and joint manner. It is ideal for treating rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
But also bring many benefits to the respiratory system. Many people who suffer from frequent asthma or bronchospasm in the hot springs, a source of natural relief. It is described in the literature that the most famous public baths built in Rome were those of Caracalla and Diocletian.
Now in Peru, there is a huge number of these baths, thermal baths around 500 distributed by the different departments.
Below, we’ll present the best spas you should visit when travelling to Peru:
1 .Baths of the Incas
The Baths of the Incas, 6 kilometers from the city of Cajamarca, and 2,667 masl. Both for its history, infrastructure and services, landscape and of course, for the healing properties of its waters. Strangely was a key site of Cajamarca culture, where the main caciques resided around the sources of thermal waters, which they are worshiped in addition to use as a place of healing. Upon arrival of the Incas in 1462, their rulers chose these baths as their preferred resting, since at the time, place Atahuallpa was his most constant visitor. Subsequently, scholars of the caliber of Alexander Von Humboldt and Antonio Raimondi, increased the fame of these historical spas.
Apparently the effect of its waters is due to come off old volcanoes, steaming liquid and which is driven to the surface by two springs: The “Tragadero and Los Perolitos”, with temperatures between 70 and 75 degrees Celsius. Analyses have revealed that the waters are rich in sodium, potassium, lithium, calcium, and strontium, and lesser amounts of iron, magnesium and silica. Its therapeutic qualities are tested for rheumatic diseases, bronchial diseases, skin treatment, and nervous disorders.
- “Aguas Calientes”
And that you’re already on the slopes of Machu Picchu, and already from Cusco is fascinating, a mystery and renowned “Aguas Calientes”. It’s almost a ritual that travellers arrive at Machu Picchu after visiting a world wonder, visit these baths, this is the perfect combination.
Its sulphurous waters emerge from the rocky subsoil and are conducted to ponds and pools with a temperature between 38°C and 46 °C. The facilities can be visited between 05:00 a.m to 08:00 p.m. The bathrooms, which are located east of the village of “Aguas Calientes”, occupy a fairly small space, as they are within a narrow ravine, Alccamayo caught between the river and the surrounding mountains.
- Lares Very near Cusco, along the route of the Sacred Valley, passing through the mysterious ruins of Pisac, and then almost to reach Calca, we’ll find a detour, a road that leads us to the deeepness of the Convention. The trip is short, and in carelessness, you are in the “Main Square of Lares”, which is at a height of 3,250 masl. Lares, its territory is quite extensive as to maintain their culture, without much stress or bulla, an excellent place to visit.
At just one kilometer are the bathrooms. Its waters had a vast chemical composition: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, zinc, boron, copper, chlorides, sulfates and bicarbonates. “In two weeks you heal from any disease,” they say the locals. Without a doubt, one of the best bathrooms of Peru. Most pools (with temperatures between 36 °C and 44 °C) the polished stones decorate the landscape, there are also jets of hot water running down the rocks. Hygiene is a nice feature of the place. And if they decide to stay overnight, as some travellers may enjoy a great evening bath.
- Cconoc The thermal baths of Cconoc, in my experience, a beautiful place to visit, as there are only the thermal baths, which are already very good, but also landscapes, and as if that were not enough the “Apurimac River” is just a few steps, which you can visit and even if you are an experienced swimmer can cross it. Cconoc thermal baths are within 78 km. East of Abancay in Apurimac. You must get to the town of Curahuasi and walk 7 km or you can also go with mobility on the road, to reach the thermal baths. Most visitors come to the baths on the occasion of curing their ills or relaxing in its waters or just to have fun. The place has hosting service, bar and restaurant for guests. Moreover, it is known to canoeing experts.
- Churín Only 210 kilometers separate the capital of Peru and this magnificent resort. If you leave early Lima, it gives you time to venture all the way, such as with a rich breakfast in Huacho, which is where you’ll have to turn towards the mountains. Also on the way, you can stop in the village of Sayan summer to test their famous sweets. From there, the road becomes somewhat winding and dusty as it passes through a series of tunnels. Churín appears almost unexpectedly, as far you cannot see those houses, those hotels, hot spring resorts those who have taken every meter of land and live hugging the hill. And this part of the valley of Huaura is particularly close. Do not miss Churín that keeps preserved its atmosphere of peaches and other fruit. There are many restaurants, and meat and cheese will always be first. But remember, anything make it relaxed. That’s the idea.
- Chancos Chancos thermal baths, 31 kilometers from Huaraz, are truly unique in its kind. Cleaning, proper infrastructure, the whole order of its 15 pools and 3 pools, the most amazing are its caves steam: are caves that give off a hot steam and this is combined with aromatic eucalyptus, are deep in the mountain, visitors fall asleep with so much pleasure in one place. Temperatures range between 33 and 54 degrees, these waters and grottoes have a beneficial effect on respiratory diseases, muscle aches and skin. Some bathrooms also leased horses, so they can go all beautiful places surrounding Chancos.
- Yura In Arequipa, we could find a beautiful resort, just 47 kilometers from the city are the hot springs of Yura, who at the foot of the reigning Chachani, a fairly popular Volcano located for its tourist attraction. At 2,590 masl.
Yura thermal baths are wonderful, both for its healing properties, waters with sulfur and iron, as its historical legacy, which were used since Inca times, and these remain in force until today.
The peculiarity of these thermal baths is that each well has a name:
-The Tiger Well
-Tadeo Haenke Swimming Pool
-“Fierro Viejo” Well
And incredibly each well has a respective curative effect, you can discover and experience when visiting Yura.