Geyser del Tatio, San Pedro de Atacama

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Must see · Hot Spring · Nature / Park
Witness the Earth's thermal energy escaping from the ground in the form of scalding hot steam at Geyser del Tatio. The geyser, a highlight of Atacama Desert's thermal fields, shoots steam as high as 6 m (20 ft) into the air. For best views, visit the geyser with a guided tour, arriving at sunrise to make the most of the cold morning air. Dress appropriately--the temperature changes quickly from freezing to baking, so make sure you have some layers to remove. Make Geyser del Tatio part of your personalized San Pedro de Atacama itinerary using our San Pedro de Atacama journey planner.
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  • The beauty of this trip is seeing the 60+ geysers all spouting steam together. It is important to go early as these are steam and as it warms up the geysers slow and by the time we left were barely...  more »
  • Took a tour with Sebastian from Trekana. He was awesome. The geysers and the wildlife from our hotel to the geysers was amazing. Saw flamingos along the way!  more »
  • It was a great tour, that started very early in the morning, when it's also very cold (9 below zero, the day I did it, years ago). Despite that, some crazy Europeans in our group took off their clothes to bath in the hot water pools. Very curious, I asked a wife - who stayed outside - of one of the Germans whether her husband did that for pleasure or because it was good (?) for the health. "Neither", she answered, "all he wants is to show the pictures to his friends, back in Germany".
  • One of the highest concentrations of geysers in the world, high in the Chilean Andes. El Tatio is the third largest geyser field in the world and by far the highest-altitude large field, at 14,170 ft (4,320 m) above sea level. It lies in a volcanic region on the edge of Chile’s Atacama Desert (see pp.124–25) and can be reached from San Pedro de Atacama—one of the nearest towns—via a minor road. The geysers here do not shoot up to enormous heights—the tallest eruptions observed are to around 20 ft (6 m). However, the sheer density of geysers makes up for this: more than 20 of them are within a few minutes’ walk. Interspersed between the geysers are hot springs and fumaroles (gas-emitting volcanic vents). Visitors have to be warned not to approach the springs and geyser pools too closely because fatalities have occurred when people have fallen into the scalding water.

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