The Puritama Reserve was created and is managed by explora, with the mission of protecting, promoting and developing sustainable tourism with an emphasis on the natural and cultural heritage of Atacama. With 8,000 hectares of land, this place is one of the most important sanctuaries for the Andean Mountain Cat, an animal in danger of extinction and focus of our research and conservation efforts.
About the Hot Springs
Located in the middle of a canyon, these hot springs have been used for hundreds of years. Water temperature remains at 28° to 31° Celsius with an important concentration of minerals, among which are calcium, magnesium, sodium and boron. There are 8 pools that are easily accessible by boardwalks.
Andean mountain cat
The Andean mountain cat (Leopardus jacobita) is a medium-sized wild feline. Its length varies from 740 to 850 mm, plus an extra 410 to 485 mm in tail length alone. Its behavior has barely been studied.
Its fur is mainly ash-grey with brown-yellow spots. It is one of the most threatened species in America according to the 2008 IUCN red list. They are solitary creatures but may be seen in pairs or with cubs during mating season or after giving birth.
The Reserve and Puritama Hot Springs have an array of services available to the visitor. Picnic areas to eat and rest, restrooms and changing rooms fit out for all of our visitors.