Copahue Thermal Baths


Past volcanic activity has given origin to fumaroles and bubbling springs that mineralize and heat snowmelt water, resulting in diverse thermal resources of high quality that are difficult to find elsewhere. Lying at about 1980 m.a.s.l., Copahue is surrounded by a landscape shaped by volcanic activity, glaciations imprints and wind erosion. At some point, this arid rocky environment resembles a lunar landscape.

In Copahue, all the thermal activities last as much as summer does. Therefore, the thermal season has its peak from December till April, since the rest of the year snowfalls cover the village, sometimes leaving it under 4 meters of snow.

Termas de Copahue - Photo: Osvaldo Gagliardi

Thermal Treatments in Copahue

The different therapeutic programs are prescribed by the team of medical professionals, physiotherapists and dermatologists working in the Complex. The programs offered in Copahue combine different thermal resources and techniques, and are indicated to relieve osteoarticular, dermatological, respiratory and digestive conditions. Patients with motor disabilities can also undergo treatment in Copahue. Preventive, anti-stress and beauty therapies have their space in this thermal spa.

Copahue Thermal Baths- Photo: Osvaldo Gagliardi

Other Thermal Springs in Copahue

Las Maquinitas

(Small Engines): These hot springs –which are close to Copahue- have been preserved in its virgin state. Its name is given after the sound produced by the hot springs and fumaroles underneath, which resembles that of old trains’ steam engines or of a kettle with boiling water. Relaxing baths can also be taken in the nearby thermal water and mud lagoons, in a completely natural scenery that will remain in your memory forever.

In summer, take RP 26 heading for Copahue. After 18 km on a dirt road, just 1 km before reaching Copahue, you will see a sign on the right, indicating the access road. There are 1500m from the road to Las Maquinitas, where qualified personnel will give the necessary information and recommendations to make your visit enjoyable. Facilities include restrooms, changing rooms, tables, umbrellas and sun loungers.

Las Maquinitas - Photo: Alejandra Melideo

Las Mellizas Lagoons and Geothermal well

In summer, it is possible to get there from Caviahue along PR 26, travelling 13 km towards Copahue. After going past the ex-thermal center Las Maquinitas and going through the bridge over Blanco stream, on your left side you will see one of the lagoons, and the geothermal well a few meters ahead. In winter, the lagoons freeze completely.

Las Mellizas have practically the same size and depth, and they are connected by a stream. On windless days, they mirror Copahue volcano, becoming one of the most beautiful sights on the way to the village. Near the first lagoon’s shore, an experimental geothermal energy plant was built, as well as a vapor duct that –years ago- conducted vapour to heat the streets in Copahue. This allowed the season to be extended without letting snow cover the town’s streets.

Las Maquinitas - Photo: Alejandra Melideo

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