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Say Goodbye to Stress with a Visit to the Hot Springs of Araucanía Andina

Located in the foothills of Araucanía, the town of Curacautín offers a base for visiting the area's many hot springs, which include Malalcahuello, Manzanar and Tolhuaca.

Termas de Manzanar is just 17 km east of Curacautín and 104 km from Temuco. Relax in the center's rustic pool, soaking in the 48°C water while surrounded by lush scenic beauty. Be sure to visit the hotel, which was built in 1954 and has been kept in perfect condition.

At Centro Termal Malalcahuello, 27 km from Curacautín and 150 km from Temuco, you can relax in the hotel's luxury spa, which is fed by waters that have been declared curative by the Chilean Ministry of Health. Try swimming against the current in 37° to 38°C waters, or de-stress in the hydromassge pool before enjoying the boutique hotel's other ammenities.

Termas de Tolhuaca is 33 km north of Curacautín. Its mountain lodge is set between two steep hillsides and it is home to hot springs that emerge from the ground at 90°C. The water's high mineral content and medicinal properties make it especially good for treating rheumatism, muscular pain and respiratory problems. Observe the fumarole from the pool built just meters from the spring itself, which feeds into the pool at close to its original temperature. The heat and steam generated by the fumarole also provide hot water and heating for the hotel itself.

 

Featured Destinations of Pucón, Villarrica and Temuco

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Tours you can do

Curacautín - Lonquimay


Huerquehue and Villarrica National Parks
Pucón Currarehue

Hot Spring Routes
Sollipulli

Budi Lake
TriCultural Gastronomy

 

Getting There

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By Air
There are daily flights from Santiago to Maquehue airport in Temuco (1 h), around 7 km from the city.
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By Bus
Buses depart Santiago daily for Temuco (9 hours).
Terminals:
• Terminal Alameda: Av. Bernardo O'Higgins 3570, Universidad de Santiago Metro Station. Phone: (56-2) 7762424
• Terminal Santiago (formerly Terminal Sur): Alameda & Nicasio Retamales, 150 meters west of Terminal Alameda. Phone: (56-2) 3761750

Buses depart Temuco for Lonquimay and Curacautín, and from Curacautín you can take a taxi to the Malalcahuello and Manzanar Hot Springs. To get to the Termas de Tolhuaca, it is best to take a tourist bus.

en auto
By Car
From Santiago, take Route 5 south, exiting at Victoria for Curacautín (56 km). From Temuco go east towards Lautaro (32 km) along the road to Lonquimay.
 

 

Tips

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Parque Nacional Tolhuaca  The Volcano Route  
Located 16 km from the hot springs of the same name, this national park features Laguna Malleco and Salto del Río Malleco, a waterfall 50 meters high, as well as Cascada de la Culebra, a zig-zagging waterfall. Don't miss the chance to camp in the park, where you may catch sight of pudúes, culpeos and grey foxes, coipos and birds such as condors. Embark on a route designed to take you past 170 volcanoes and volcanic craters. It begins in Temuco and passes through the localities of Curacautín, Lonquimay, Melipeuco, Cunco, Pucón, Villarrica and Curarrehue. Among the nine outstanding volcanoes included in the route, two are in Araucanía Andina: Tolhuaca and Lonquimay, both of which tower over 2,800 meters.  

 

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