Geyser del Tatio
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174a Caracoles, San Pedro de Atacama 1410000 Chile
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  • Petrus61
    Nice, France2,808 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A long road to the geysers
    We drove from San Pedro to the geysers in about two hours. It is best to leave early and watch the sunrise over the mountains while arriving on the site. The temperature was quite cold when we arrived (- 15 degrees Celsius in May) but warmed up quickly as the sun rose. There are a few geysers and hot springs to watch. In our opinion, if you have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland, you will not see more here so if you have little time in San Pedro, it would be best to visit first other sites.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • ScottW007
    New York City, New York191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just mind-blowing
    There are 85 active geysers here. In Iceland, for example, they only have 4. Also like in Yellowstone National Park in the USA(where I've yet to go), there is a multicolored pond formed. Geysers del Tatio is mind-blowing!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Simone B
    Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Self drive El Tatio Geysers - easy peasy
    We are a family of 4 with a hire Ute (pick up). We left SPDA at 4:30 am and followed the Google map to El Tatio. The road was dirt all the way but in very good condition and only a few patches of corrugations. You do need to be careful with some tight turns but we found everything was very well sign posted. Even though we had a 4x4 it is perfectly fine in a 2WD and there were lots of cars there. We arrived at 5:50am and had to wait until the staff opened the gates at 6:10am. After the usual check in and payment processes (cash and cards accepted) we headed another 2 km to the first parking lot. It was COLD - take every warm item of clothing you have as I am not kidding, even in December it was freezing. As the sun came up it got warmer quite quickly. The geysers were special and it is quite a big area. We didn’t find the smell bad - nothing compared to Rotorua in NZ! We spent 2 hours walking around taking photos as the sun came up. There are 2 car parks, both worth stopping at. The first park has much bigger water ponds and the second more steam. The swimming pool was closed and didn’t look like it would open anytime soon. We took breakfast and stopped at a nice lookout on the way back to eat and enjoy the view. The road back was stunning. We saw Vicuñas and Vizcachas. We stopped at lagoons full of flamingos and the canyon near Guatin where you can hike. We tried to stop at the village of Machuca but we weren’t allowed in. The man said it was too early (9am).
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 5, 2023
  • nauj63
    South East England, United Kingdom819 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another of nature’s cauldrons…
    Tectonic instability in this region of South America brings with it experiences that are worlds away from rural Britain. The Andes - and beyond them just miles away here, Bolivia, are the backdrop to multiple boiling pots. They rage. They’re unpredictable. And they’re about 90 minutes from the sanctuary of Explora de Atacama in the Andean town of San Pedro de Atacama. And a perfect starting point for hiking at 4,300 metres the Volcan Blanco. Tough. Beautiful - literally. Memorable.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 14, 2023
  • Wallowsabroad
    Isle of Wight, United Kingdom79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the trip in the early morning.
    The geysers depend on the air being cold in order for the steam to vaporise. As we were there in the height of summer this meant leaving at five in the morning to drive some 40 miles along a difficult road, very twisty with a lot of traffic. This gave us about an hour and a half to fully appreciate the geysers before the sun became too warm. The Tatio geysers are 14,000 feet above sea level though surprisingly we did not see any instance of altitude sickness. It is certainly well worth a visit and in contrast the drive back down at leisure is wonderful with the opportunity to see beautiful scenery. Would thoroughly recommend the trip, particularly for anyone who has not seen geysers before.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 18, 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,502 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early start worth the effort
    Very early start approx 4am. It's because the "steam effect" disappears once the day warms up. Don't expect Iceland or Yellowstone sizes or effects but the overall view throughout the valley is quite effective.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
  • Megan Q
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    El tatio tour
    I was initially hesitant to book this excursion, because I was not sure I was interested enough for a 4am wake up, but I'm so glad I did! It is early but you get to relax/sleep on the 1.5 hour ride to El Tatio. It was decently cold before the sun came up. I went with the company PukaRumi Travel and our guide Guilia was excellent!! We spent about an hour and a half at the geysers before taking a short drive for our breakfast spot. Breakfast was a great spread! for being roadside, I was pleasantly surprised we were offered scrambled eggs, and avocado along with fresh bread, coffee, fruits and baked goods. Options were provided too for gluten free guests. Cant beat a morning in the Andes! On the way back, we made a stop in Putana valley and got to see many birds in a wetland as well as many flamingos. Then it was a scenic drive back to San Pedro, where we arrived around noon - perfect for lunch and an afternoon nap.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 26, 2024
  • Shawn U
    Sunnyvale, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Atacama in a Nutshell: Beauty in the Middle of Nowhere
    First of all, gird yourself for the trip. Whether you drive yourself or take a tour bus, it's two hours of kidney crunching potholes and washboard dirt roads. Once you're there, it's spectacular. As tempting as it may be to avoid the pre-dawn rush, it really is better when the day is still cold and the sun is just coming up over the mountains. If it weren't so hard to get to, it would be overrun with tourists.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 30, 2024
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SophiaK
Athens, Greece1,140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We did the Tatio Geysers tour with Cosmo Andino Tours! Overall, a great experience. Despite the 5 a.m. pick up and the 1 hour and ½ drive on dirt road, plus the freezing cold (-1 on February 17), and the high altitude (4,281 meters) difficulty in breathing, YES this place is unforgettable. I have seen the geysers in Iceland and in Rotorua in New Zealand and the Tatio Geysers are not as impressive. But the overall experience, the sun coming up behind the columns of steam, the vastness of the area as well as the steam in the backdrop of the volcanoes, is completely spectacular. Not to mention the hot coffee and scrambled eggs with toasted bread and palta that the Cosmo Andino crew prepared for us (thank you Pablo and Christian)!
Written February 18, 2020
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Jorit N
West Melton, New Zealand111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The geysers are definitely worth a visit. Lots of small and medium sized geysers, bubbling, nice colours and the odd smell. An out of this world experience. We decided to beat the crowds and drove ourself starting at 7am. The trip is about 1.5h and we stopped at some lagoons with plenty of flamingoes and lamas on the way. Arrived at 9am just when most tours started to head back, and had the place pretty much to ourselves, including the hot pools.
Written February 21, 2020
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Alan P
Bracknell, England, United Kingdom208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
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 visible. Most organised tours are early morning and include a picnic brekkie - very welcoming. It is cold! Wrap up in layered clothes. For the brave there is a hot spring to bathe in, not for me, but a few brave souls went in - the ouside air temperature was -2c! The trip up is all unmade roads and it can be busy on the way up but at least everybody is going the same way.
This is a sight well worth seeing, yes, Yellowstone geyser is much bigger and yes Iceland has loads of them and I have seen both but the sheer beauty of the mountains and the amount of geysers is auite a site to behold.
Written March 31, 2020
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Carl B
Carlisle, MA221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This geothermal area has lots of fumaroles and steam vents but only one feature that might be called a small geyser. The tours get you there at dawn because the fumaroles have higher plumes in the early morning air. The plumes against the mountain backdrops are picturesque. We did the hot pool which was nice but not a hot tub, probably only 95F.
Written January 13, 2020
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Caroline T
London, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A glimpse into the core of the earth - go there at dawn to see the geysers boiling up water from the magma deep inside our planet. Awe-inspiring. You can also swim in the hot water they produce - changing rooms available
Written January 28, 2020
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kazganymede
Oyster Bay, Australia316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had to leave at 4.30 am for a very windy drive to the geysers, arriving about an hour before sunrise. I was told that the fumeroles stopped after sunrise, but this was not the case, so we could have left a bit later. The geysers were not large like others I had seen. We did not swim in the hot pool. This is high, at least 13.000 feet so walking fast became rather an exertion.
Written March 1, 2020
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Christine S
Leamington Spa, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
We set off at 5.30 on a freezing cold morning and set off to reach the Tatio Geysers at sunrise. We passed through some amazing scenery and arrived on the Altiplano in good time. The scenery at 4.300m was increbible as we were surrounded by snow covered mountains, It was very cold there but our tour guides had everything in hand, They made tea and coffee and cooked scrambled eggs served on hot rolls all of which was extremely welcome. We did a tour of the geysers which were very different to ones we had seen in other parts of the world . On the way back we stopped at the little village of Machuca where there is a very interesting church and lots of llamas which you can get very close to. Altogether a very fascinating day which we wouldn't have missed for anything
Written January 12, 2020
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Donald L
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were picked up at 5:00AM. Traveled in the dark on poor/ bad roads to Tatio. Got there in the dark (did see some amazing stars, planets in the night sky). Apparently they want you to see the sunrise which wasn’t that impressive. The area is pretty when the sun is up, shining on the snow capped mountains with the geysers smoking and bubbling. Yellowstone and New Zealand are more impressive geyser sites but this is good, too. The hot springs swim area is either cool or warm depending where in the pool you are, certainly not hot. The ride back had a few stops with very impressive views and animal sightings. 3 IMPORTANT THINGS: dress very warm in layers, be aware of potential altitude sickness and bring binoculars if you can.
Written February 8, 2020
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oded1612
Tel Aviv, Israel11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I have seen geysers before. And yet this trip was a new experience. I guess it is being there at sun rise (freezing cold until then), the dip in the hot springs and great breakfast all at 4300 masl. I do recommend this trip
Written February 6, 2020
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Travellingdoc
London, UK5,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Amazing place if you have never seen glaciers.

90 mins from San Pedro on a very shaky round- better on the way back as some really nice lagunes with flamencos.

Area itself is busy with loads of tour vans at 6.45am. Best time to see them is before sun rise as the temperature difference allows for more dramatic vapour.

Just be beware that temperatures prior to sunrise is about 0’C- so dress warmly.

Could spend an hour or more walking around the various geysers.

There is a toilet facility at the entrance.

No food facilities at the location.
Written January 22, 2023
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