Puyuhuapi hot springs are surrounded by a spectacular landscape of native forest and giant ferns. Its name means "place of puyes", a kind of very desirable fish by fishing enthusiasts, and its waters have their origin in the outcrops of the Melimeyu volcano.
Puyuhuapi Hot Springs are located 213 kms northeast of Coyhaique. This is one of the most important springs in Chile, and also one of the southernmost. Puyuhuapi is located within Dorita Bay of the Glacier Inlet, in the middle of the Chilean Patagonia and surrounded by a thrilling wildlife scenery of native forest and enourmous ferns. The name Puyuhuapi means "place of puyes", which is a species of fish that is greatly sought after by fishing lovers. The waters of the inlet are source of underground springs of the Melimeyu volcano.
When to go: Year round. How to get there: From Santiago by plane to Coyhaique, then head to springs through the Carretera Austral. Or you could also travel by land from Puerto Montt, passing across Chaiten and raveling 361 km. (225 miles). Facilities: These first-class, modern facilities are built out of wood to keep the harmony with nature. There are sheltered pools and hydromassage baths, and Puyuhuapi also offers varied natural treatments that combine thermal waters, sea waters, algae, and natural heat emitted from the springs. The place also offers the exclusive thalassotherapy treatment, which combines sea algae and sea water with exfoliants and relaxants.
Hyperthermic waters (185°F/85°C).
Traces of Chlorides and Sulfates.
pH at 6.3
Serious heart conditions.
The weather in this place is both rainy maritime (in the coastal zone and fiords) and cold near the mountains). It rains all year round, even in summer. The average annual temperature is 8°C.
It is advisable to wear clothes that are suitable for rain.
Make sure you buy everything you need in the big cities. The rest of the towns have limited stock of things, and the prices are higher than in the city.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not litter on parks or streets. Taking care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.