Upon arrival, Mamiña appears to be a dusty desert village surrounded by parched precordillera. However, the valley floor below is home to famously pungent hot springs, around which a small, sleepy resort has shaped itself. The baths, particularly popular with local miners, are the only reason to come here. And you can easily do it on a day trip from Iquique.
The village huddles into upper and lower sectors, the former clustered around the rocky outcrop where the 1632 Iglesia de San Marcos stands, while the latter lies low in the valley, where the hot springs are. 'Resort facilities' include Barros Chinos, where mud treatments are available.