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Pica

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3 travelers at this place:

  • Day58

    Lirima hot springs

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    We reached Lirima at around 4:45 pm. The hot springs are about 7 kms from the village. Its not a well marked route and all the roads beyond Lirima are gravel and dust roads. We had them marked on the gps so we drove directly there.
    When we reached there, there was no one there. We walked to the hot pool. It was a nice and warm about 50C man made pool where hot water from the springs has been diverted. A bit further off we saw the natural hot spring from where the hot water had been channeled to the pool. They all had a stunning emerald color due to the chemicals in the water. The water has been tested to have a neutral ph and the chemicals are known to be beneficial for health.Read more

  • Day58

    Natural hot springs Lirima

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    There were about 8 natural hot springs in the area. All witg beautiful emerald blue crystal clear water. We spent about 30 minutes walking around and enjoying the views. We decided not to go into the hot pool since it was 5:30 pm and Pica was still around 3 hrs away and we had read that even Pica has public thermal springs. We decided to take a dip there instead.

  • Day58

    Pica oasis

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    We reached Pica just before 8 pm. After Salar de Huasco, the topology changed to that of deserts. There were huge sand dunes all around us. Some part of the road passed midway up the dunes. There was sand all over the road.
    We reached just before sunset and saw Pica as a green oasis in the middle of the desert.

    Pica is a Chilean town and commune in Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá Region. Situated in the inland of the Atacama Desert on an oasis, Pica is famous for its small and unusually acidic lemons. The town has a communal spring with a surface temperature of 40 °C, which makes it a popular bath place in the middle of the desert. It has hotels and all basic services.

    It took us quite a while to find a place to stay. All the hotels and hostels marked on maps.me had closed down. It seems that its not a populace place for an overnight. The ones that were left were either too expensive or fully occupied.
    Eventually, we found a really lovely place (Hotel Rucaru) at 35000 CLP for a night. The rooms were small but very clean and well appointed. It also had a private bathroom. We checked in and went for dinner at Gato Rapido (Fast Cat) to have dinner. After that, it was sleep time. Since we had woken up quite early and had not slept that well the previous night, we requested our breakfast at 10 am and slept.
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  • Day59

    Around Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    After waking up late, we had our breakfast and checked out. We left our bags at hotel and the vehicle parked outside and went for a walk around the town. Tge first stop was to drop our dirty clothes off at a laundry. We managed to negotiate a return time of 5 pm. After that we walked across the town to the thermal springs.

  • Day59

    In the thermal pool, Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    We went into the pool at around 1:15 pm. The water was nice and warm. It was very pleasant to swim in the hot afternoon sun. Inside one of the cave, we saw 2 women scraping the inside of the rock cave with stones and used the paste so formed, as a mud pack on the face. There were marks of scraping everywhere, all the way to the back of the cave and even on the rocks outside.

  • Day59

    Off from Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile

    Around 3 pm, we decided to go for lunch. We checked at the counter and were told that we could go out and come back on our tickets as long as it was within 2 hours. We went outside the thermas. Just across was a restaurant serving food. We went in with our wet swimming shots and barefoot/water sandals since we didn't want to change, dress up again and then change back again to swimming shorts. But that was ok in the heat of the day😉😎😎
    We were back in the pool within an hour and then continued with the fun. By now, there were many more people in the pool. We went out at about 5:30 pm, picked up our laundry and then our bags at the hotel and were off.
    The plan was to go towards Iquique and on the way see the geoglyphs of cerro pintados. Then just sleep any place along the highway when it gets dark. That way, we could see the Humberstone ghost town on the way back to Arica next day.
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