Geyser del Tatio, San Pedro de Atacama

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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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  • This is very high and you therefore need to be OK with altitude (a couple in our group felt quite ill). While very interesting, we were told to go very early and later would have been similar as it.....  more
    This is very high and you therefore need to be OK with altitude (a couple in our group felt quite ill). While very interesting, we were told to go very early and later would have been similar as it.....  more »
  • Very fun geysers. They are not like Old Faithful, moreso just bubbly with a lot of thermal vent activity. Very high altitude and very very cold in the morning. Make sure you prepare! A little bit of.....  more
    Very fun geysers. They are not like Old Faithful, moreso just bubbly with a lot of thermal vent activity. Very high altitude and very very cold in the morning. Make sure you prepare! A little bit of.....  more »
  • Amazing geothermal pools with the most incredible views of the Andes. Don’t limit yourself just to the thermal pools, make sure you explore the surrounding terrain and get to see the beautiful alpine....  more
    Amazing geothermal pools with the most incredible views of the Andes. Don’t limit yourself just to the thermal pools, make sure you explore the surrounding terrain and get to see the beautiful alpine....  more »
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  • Field of small geyser, small fountains with fast periodic activity. Beautiful mix of ice (you are above 4000 meters) and steam. Beautiful green-brown colors of the algae. Friendly white and black birds looking for some food from you.
  • We had our own 4x4 and I would not do it again. The road is in not the best condition and you end up driving 3-4 hours in crazy noise (because the road is so bad) for like 1 hour of looking at the geysers. In my opinion not worth it. The ‘swimming bath’ was open according to the Staff - yes it was open but there was simply no water in it and it looked very yucky. Also for the timing as most people go before sunrise: we arrived shortly after 8 in the morning, which was still good for the geysers to look cool. But after around 10am the sun is too warm and pretty much all the spray from the geysers was gone and you could only see small bubbles in the ground. So even if it sounds hard, if you go there, go early! (The good thing is, after 10am the place is completely empty as all the tours have left. We were the only people inside)
  • With a regular rented car the drive was 2 hours and 45 minutes each way. The road is horrible (I have driven in Mexico, Guatemala, etc and this is the worse road ever). It would have been much better to buy a tour and be driven by professional, saving time and stress. In April at 8:45 the steam was 3 people high, by 9:40 the steam was to my waist.
  • An amazing place to see geysers but the thermal pool is still closed ("due to covid") despite other similar attractions being open, hence 4*. Entrance fee is unchanged at 15,000CLP. Yeah the road isn't great - if you take your own car make sure it's an SUV/4x4. Take layers and enjoy!
  • An incredible sight! So many geysers and all so different. Highly recommended.

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