Note: In early January 2012, a flashflood caused by a huayco (a river formed in a dry gulch) destroyed the complex. It is not known when it will be rebuilt.
For those wanting to get out of the city for a bit and relax, the hot spring baths of Aguas Termales Calientes are a good option. The waters of the baths, which are 36ÂºC (97ÂºF) to 40ÂºC (104ÂºF), are said to have medicinal qualities, relieving arthritis, nerve and skin ailments. The complex has a large, kidney-shaped pool, as well as double and individual tubs. Onsite is a restaurant and hotel; lodging and meals are also available in the nearby village, PachÃa.
23 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Tacna, near PachÃa
Spa/Hot Springs Types:
Catch a minibus from Tacna Centro on 2 de Mayo ($1, 40 minutes) or go by taxi $5-7 one way, 30 minutes) and take a combi back into town.
The pools are open 24 hours, but it is better to go during daylight hours if not staying at the siteâ€™s hotel. The hot springs are popular on Sundays.
Individual $6, couple $8
Relative price: Mid-Range
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring: Bring bathing gear and towel. Leave valuables at your hotel.
Calientes can be combined with a trip to Miculla (about 30 minutes away walking).
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