Of all the natural hot springs, termas, in the Pucon area I, of course, chose those that were furthest away and most difficult to get to. I heard Termas Geometricas was one of the best in Chile, which is saying a lot seeing as the whole eastern part of the country is volcanic and is overflowing with natural springs. I couldn't be this close to one of the best of anything without checking it out.
Pucon is a little tourist hub in the Chilean lake district, which basically is an extension of the Argentinian Lake district we visited about 3 months ago. The Chilean side is a verdant land dotted with coned volcanoes jutting straight up from between lakes, and hot springs. The town itself is a bit too tourist for our liking, but we found a comfy cabana on the edge of town near the black sandy beach with our own kitchen and wood stove. The cabana served us well since we had a couple of rainy days. Nothing better than cozying up next to a fire with a good book about a Chilean film director in exile who snuck back into his country to film a documentary on Pinochet, Miguel Littin.
We set out for Termas Geometrics on a sunny day in a rental car. Three hours later we realize we are lost. Well, not lost exactly since we are on a slightly graded road that just kept going, only one direction....Argentina. We ask 3 different locals walking along the road for directions. Two of the three give us the same info, which means we have come down the wrong road for about an hour. Oh well, we have unlimited kilometers on the rental car.
A bumpy backtrack and two hours later, we drive into the parking lot at Termas Geometricas and I am in pure bliss...just one other car! We pay our 14,000 pesos, about twenty bucks, yes, this seems extravagant, and it is. We check in, toss our things in a locker and step out into a red wooden walkway. The pools are situated in a most unusual yet practical way, up a ravine, with the welcoming red wooden planks leading from the bottom of the ravine to the top, steamy pools on either side. There are about fifteen pools of different temperatures, beautifully situated among natural waterfalls and hanging ferns and other native greenery. Each pool is created of slate and granite boulders, each a different shape and size, each with its individual ambiance. We soak, we frolic, we meditate, we discuss each pools qualities as we become too hot or too cool, we melt into relaxation for a few hours.