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El Tatio

Antofagasta, Chile
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Ranked #3 of 10 Attractions in Antofagasta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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Owner description: This incredible desert spectacle can only be viewed in the early morning, but the sight of the world’s highest geysers shooting up from the ground is well worth an early wake up call.
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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The attraction is excellent and we had a good morning there. However our bus was late which is no fun when you've stood around for an hour at 0430. When it arrived it was a 40 seater coach! This was with turistour, who seem to be in it for the money, all other buses were around 16 seaters. The guide... More

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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Do not take a tourbus if you are by car in San Pedro de Atacama. You have to be careful but the road from Atacama to El Tatio is not worse than a lot of other roads in Chili. If you go by tourbus as we did you might be late and miss the sunrise, we arrived about 45 minutes... More

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Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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68 reviews 68 reviews
4 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

It is an amazing place but never buy anything from Teckara Tourism. The employee does not have professionalism. They forget the customers who have already paid and after make fool of the tourists. Motorists are sexist and unpleasant. Horrible company. If you want to have a good trip in Atacama, Do not buy anything from this agency or Peruvian lady... More

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Schoten, Belgium
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We had our own 4x4 and although the trip from San Pedro was not easy in the dark, it was doable without too much difficulty. Be aware of varying road conditions on the way though... The geysers are impressive at day break, wait for the red sunlight to break through and enjoy the spectacle from a quiet place. Best however... More

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Planet Earth
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56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Had to get up really early for this one, and the trip up there was a bit bumpy, but we got some spectacular views once the sun began to peak over the mountains. Its quite impressive to see all the steam just raising out of the ground everywhere. As usual for this area, there is some spectacular scenery and views... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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209 reviews 209 reviews
72 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Despite the very early start, freezing temperatures & long drive, it was well worth the effort to see these amazing geysers. Watching the sun come up over the surrounding hills was simply beautiful as was the wild life. A dip in the nearby hit springs was great, despite the hot bits. Take care with regard to altitude sickness as despite... More

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Los Angeles, California
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138 reviews 138 reviews
54 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This is one of those "unique places on Earthy" tours one can take while at Atacama. This area is apparently the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest field in the world. But despite rumors, this is not the highest geyer field in the world. But this tour is by no means easy. The trip usually... More

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

You'll have to wake up at about 4 am in order to take a tour bus out to the geysers unless you have decent transportation. Negotiate with the tour companies for a good deal, at the end of the evening they are willing to give you a bargain in order to fill up the remaining seats for the next day.

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Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

It's sad to hear that some people have found this place disappointing. Judging from their reviews, it sounds as though they should've done more research before coming to San Pedro, like seriously... you're in the driest desert in the world, with high altitude and a high difference between the highest and lowest temperature everyday...if you come here, walk it off.... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We signed up for a tour of El Tatio with a company in San Pedro de Atacama. The woman who signed us up failed to tell us it would be -10 degrees Celsius up the mountain at El Tatio and it would be around 4, 200 meters altitude. Awoken at 4:00am to depart we were completely unprepared, wearing thin clothing... More

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