Baños Colina

The unpaved road to Baños Colina natural pools

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, in Chile, at an elevation of 2.500m (8,202ft) above the sea level, Baños Colina are several natural pools of thermal water which have temperatures up to 50 ºC and are arranged as outdoor terraces by calcareus deposits.

The road to reach this remote, majestic and quiet place is gravel. Starting from Santiago, the capital of the country, the road, called Camino Al Volcán, is 76.4 km long in the direction of Argentina. The road goes along a river passing through the valley, heading deeper into the mountains. 

Do not travel this pass in severe weather conditions.  It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging. Even in summer, air temperatures can be cool at the hot springs, especially in the evening and night, and weather can range from clear skies, to a heavy mist, to a drizzle or rains (or snows), depending on the season. In the winter the passage there is completely cutoff and it would be impossible to descend from heights to Santiago. The road inclines for the whole journey but is not to steep. The pavement runs out about half way up but the slope is such that you can make it in an ordinary passenger vehicle. A 4×4 is not required, weather permitting. At the end of the trail there’s a a 3-kilometer walk to the stunning San José Volcano view point.


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