"SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA : EL TATIO" Chile Things to Do Tip by swesn

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  El Tatio's geyers
by swesn

San Pedro de Atacama is a tiny town which is a very popular tourist spot because of the nearby amazing natural wonders. As such, I felt the town is a tad pretentious, with many theme restaurants, many hippies and tour agencies everywhere.

El Tatio is a site at around 4500m, of geysers. To visit this fantastic place, tour agencies will pick you up at 4:00am to arrive at around 6:30am. This is the best time to view the geysers as the sun is rising and the geysers are waking up. The performance of the sprays and orchestra of hissing and bubbling has to be experienced.

However, being at such a high altitude at such an early hour means that it is TERRIBLY cold. Wear covered boots (even then, my toes were freezing), bring scarves and hats. Some parts of the ground may be unstable due to the volcanic activities below and thin crusts. The geysers are hot, an egg can be cooked in a few seconds, I was told. Yet, because of the cold, we kept veering near to the sprays to soak in the warmth.

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  • Updated Jun 4, 2003
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