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Termas Geometricas: A Japanese labyrinth of hot springs hidden in Chilean forest

Christian Fernsby |
Nestled in a forest canyon in Chile, the hot spring spa Termas Geometricas is a stunning maze of red planks that wind through the trees like something out of a mythological Japanese wonderland.

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Suspended over a flowing stream, the walkways leading to the various pools are made entirely of painted wood that stands out in stark contrast to the surrounding wilderness, while at the same time managing to seem right at home.

There are 17 pools in total at the spa, each of them fed directly from a natural hot spring via wooden pipes that run beneath the walkways, making sure that they are largely warm and dry. Next to each pool is a small hut or a changing room made of the same redwood as the paths.

Each hut has grass planted on the roof, giving the whole facility a timeless feel, almost as if they are some extension of the natural backdrop.

Between the Japanese-styled architecture and the Chilean nature, few places in the world can claim quite such a perfect harmony of nature and design.

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