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El Tatio

Antofagasta, Chile
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
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... more » 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. « less
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Doetinchem, The Netherlands
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
76 helpful votes 76 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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200 reviews 200 reviews
71 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
40 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
45 helpful votes 45 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
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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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

If you're short of time in San Pedro de Atacama, in my opinion the tour to the El Tatio 'geysers' is the tour to leave out. It's one of the most expensive (we were first quoted 18,000 pesos for this tour, but in the end got a discount package of tour tours for 50,000 pesos), and it includes an additional... More

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