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Visit the Valley of the Geysers of Candarave in Tacna

Candarave is the capital of the province of the same name, in the department of Tacna, in southern Peru. This city is located about 6 hours and a half by bus, departing from the city of Tacna. Candarave is considered for its activities, a livestock, agricultural and mining center.


This place has welcoming landscapes and tourist attractions such as the hot geysers, the Queñua forest located on the slopes of the Yucamani volcano and also the cave paintings in Marjani. On the other hand, the municipal viewpoint of Candarave, allows us to have an impressive view of the Yucamani volcano.


The valley in Candarave is formed by a set of geysers; hot springs, of different shapes, sizes and shades of volcanic origin. A natural setting surrounded by volcanoes, Tutupaca (5,816 m a.s.l.) and Yucamani (5,358 m a.s.l.). You can see exuberant waterfalls and 85 points of water outcrops with temperatures that exceed 86°C (186.2°F), thus producing great vaporization. The Candarave Geyser Valley is one of the most surprising natural destinations in Peru.



The Candarave Geysers are located 167 kilometers away in the Sierra de Tacna, in the province of Candarave, on the border with Puno. It is located within the Vilacota-Maure Regional Conservation Area.



The Valley of the Geysers of Candarave is located at 4300 meters above sea level, the climate of this area is intensely cold.


What are geysers?

The geysers are deposits of thermal water whose exit of the water is given in the manner of an eruption of a volcano that expels the waters with a permanent periodicity. Geysers are rare phenomena since their formation requires certain hydrogeological conditions that only occur in some parts of the planet. They are areas where volcanic activity has occurred in the past and where the presence of rocks subjected to high temperatures by the magma from inside the Earth coincides.


There are two types of geysers: fountain geysers, which explode violently and in series in pools of water; and those of cone, which expel a continuous stream of water for a few seconds or minutes through a small mound, similar to volcanic eruptions


What to do in the Candarave valley of geysers?

Apart from doing ecological tourism, you can also do cycling, ecotourism, adventure, experiential and rural tourism.


On the way to the Candarave Geysers you will be able to contemplate beautiful landscapes, such as: oregano, prickly pear and olive valleys.


In this area you will also find the Devil's Throat or lagoons such as Vilacota, Taccata, Ñeque, Camiri and Paucarani.

You can see one of the most emblematic religious buildings of the place, such as: The Parish of San Juan Bautista.

There are two natural hot springs of 37°C and 40°C, which are used as thermal baths. Its waters are famous because they help in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism. Admission is free.


How to get to the Candarave valley of geysers?

To get to the Vilacota-Maure Regional Conservation Area, it is better to hire the services of a tourism operating agency from the city of Tacna, the journey takes 4 hours. This is a mandatory destination for those who visit this region of southern Peru.


Tours from the City of Tacna to the Valley of the Geysers: From 210 soles per person.



  • Wear warm clothing (jacket, gloves, cap or chullo, thick socks, warm pants), with the constant changes in temperature.
  • Apply sunscreen every 2 hours at least.
  • Get a good night's sleep the day before, as the tour starts very early.
  • Hydrate yourself, take small sips of water during the journey.
  • Bring snacks, whether they are nuts or energy bars that will help give you strength along the way.

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