Thanks to the seismic activity of the region, the Colca Canyon and Valley are sprinkled with natural hot springs, or thermal baths, where locals and tourists alike can relax in the warm embrace of Mother Nature. The hot springs vary in temperature, and are rich in sulfur, lithium, or iron, and thought to have medicinal healing properties. Colca is home to public baths (for which a small entrance fee is required) and private thermal hot springs at some of the best properties in Colca.
The Best Natural Hot Springs Colca
Colca Lodge Hot Springs
The best natural, private hot springs Colca are located on the property of one of our favorite hotels in the region, Colca Lodge. The grounds boast four natural, hot thermal baths and in this bucolic setting, visitors contrast the chilly mountain air with a dip into one of the private hot springs.
Exclusively reserved for guests at the hotel, these hot springs Colca are well maintained, clean, and situated in an incredibly intimate natural setting. They are perched a few meters above the river built into the stone shore, and overlook the terraced valley and the property’s camelid farm. The hot springs at Colca Lodge are also conveniently equipped with a nearby bar so you can sip on a cocktail while sat in the thermal baths, as well as changing rooms and nice bathrooms. Round off a long soak at Colca Lodge’s indulgent spa.
Visit Colca and stay at Colca Lodge on our Highlights of Southern Peru itinerary.
More Natural Hot Springs Colca
Though they may lack the privacy and luxurious amenities of the hot springs Colca Lodge offers, there are plenty of other natural thermal baths in the region. El Refugio has a covered, on-site private hot spring for guests, and there are public springs near the Aranwa hotel. Here visitors can pay just a few soles to enter, and relax in the warm waters after an active day.
The public hot springs offer insight into local life in the region, as Peruvian families and individuals make frequent use of the baths. Some of the other natural hot springs Colca are La Calera (near Chivay), Tambo (near Yanque), and Chacapi (also near Yanque).