The village of Chusmiza is located just 1km from the main road (CH-15) to the altiplano and sits on 3,360 m above the sea level. It’s considered to be the best place to adapt to the altitude, although a bit lower elevation would do better for this purpose, there are no places to stay besides Chusmiza. The village is famous for its volcanic thermal springs, which you can enjoy just by paying a small fee to the locals.
If you would like to go for a hike, just follow the valley down and back up the same way; there is a trail which has plenty of interesting flora, terrace fields, ruins and at the end there are some petroglyphs (although they are difficult to spot).
Per night per person.
Breakfast is included.
2 people per room max.
There is a group of cabins administrated by a local family; they have private bathrooms and a small kitchen with utensils.
Cabin 6: Can host up to 5 people in 2 rooms; one has a double bed and the other has a single and a bunk bed, each bed comes with bed sheets, pillow and blankets.
Price: USD$81.63 per night. Breakfast is not included. 5 people max.
Cabin 7: Can host up to 4 people in 2 rooms; each of them with two single beds. Each bed comes with bed sheets, pillow and blankets.
Price: USD$68.03 per night. Breakfast is not included. 4 people max.
There are double rooms available as well; they have shared restrooms and showers.
Price: USD$27.21 per night per person. Breakfast is not included. 2 people per room max.
None of the cabins has heating; however there were made with Polyestirene EPS panels which allow them to stay warm during the cold nights.
There is a small grocery shop nearby that provides dinner and lunch (simple menu type) upon request. A meal should cost between CLP$3,000 to CLP$5,500 per person and I would consist on a soup or salad plus a main dish. Soft drinks, tea, herbal tea or instant coffee are not included.
There are a couple of guides from this town but they are not permanent residents so you need to ask for them in advance if you need their services (Spanish spoken only).
- There is a grocery shop in town.
- No WIFI.
- No public phone.
- No public VHF/UHF radio.
- Limited electricity.
- Tap water is safe to drink.
- Hot springs available from 10am to 18:30pm.
No drugs, loud music or heavy drinking are allowed. Please, smoke in open areas away from the houses.
Only cash (Chilean pesos) are accepted in the shop and hot springs.
The hot springs are closed at night.
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