Termas de Tolhuaca
Reached by an improved gravel road that heads north out of Curacautín for 35 kilometers, the once humble hot springs resort of Termas de Tolhuaca has morphed into a spa, but it’s still a pretty good value by international standards and a good alternative for those who want to visit Parque Nacional Tolhuaca but don’t want to camp in the park, which is nine kilometers farther on by road. The resort began in 1898, but today’s facility is a dramatic improvement over the rustic Russian-built original.
Accommodations at the 100-bed Hotel Termas de Tolhuaca (Calama 240, Curacautín, tel. 045/881164, www.termasdetolhuaca.cl, US$72 pp with full board) include unlimited access to pools and baths; it has its own restaurant. Camping costs US$15 per site for up to six people; public-pool access is US$11 per person (US$5.50 for children), and there are limited supplies on-site.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition