MamiÃ±a Hot Springs
There is a legend that tells the story of the only daughter of an Inca chief whose vision was restored upon bathing in these waters, famous by its therapeutic properties. To honor this miracle, the father demanded that the valley was named "NiÃ±a de mis ojos" (Girl of my Eyes), or "MamiÃ±a". This region has been occupied by settlers since before the Inca domination and, up to this day, constructions that date back to the Colonial Spanish era are still standing.
Farming in this region is still done in the traditional Andean style with staircase terraces, where vegetables, alfalfa and fruits are mostly grown. The region's inhabitants are descendants of the AymarÃ¡s and Quechua people of long ago, and are very attached to their ancestral customs and traditions.
How to get there
From Iquique, 78 miles (125 kms.) to the East until arriving at Pozo Almonte. From there, there are 46 miles (73 km) to the hot springs along a partly paved and gravel road, in good condition.
The MamiÃ±a Hot Springs are made up by a group of several thermal water fountains, some that are conditioned for public use and others that are untouched, flowing just as nature intended.
The most important sources of thermal water are the Ipla and Tambo.
-Los BaÃ±os de Iplaa, the most well-known of the two, features bathing facilities and individual pools of natural thermal water. Average temperature around 113Â°F (45Â°C).
-El Tambo Baths, near Ipla, boast the area's hottest waters at 134Â°F (57Â°C).
-La Magnesia Spring provides water suitable for drinking and features the Radium Spring, the one that serves as the origin for the legend of the Inca Chief's daughter and which is recommended for ocular illnesses.
-If you want to delight in a mud bath, the Chinese Baths are ideal. It's a radioactive mud spring recommended for skin conditions.
Hyperthermic (134Â°F and 113Â°F/57ÂºC and 45ÂºC.)
llnesses of the Nervous System
Serious heart conditions
Outdoor thermal baths
Individual thermal baths
Thermal baths and activities
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