Explore the highest geothermal field, located at 4,300 meters above sea level, in the Andean Mountain range
8 hours approx
Mobile & printed vouchers accepted
El Tatio Geysers, Massive field of geysers spewing streams of water & gas
View of geothermal ponds & steam rising all around
Chance to see beautiful wildlife & trickling streams
Local breakfast, scenic mountain roads & volcanic peaks
Tatio & Machuca: Incredible cultural and geographic history
Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Pedro de Atacama Hotels (from hotels included on the pick up list)
Bilingual Live Guide (English & Spanish)
Entrance Fee (CLP 10.000)
We recommended wearing comfortable clothing, a warm jacket and sturdy shoes.
At over 14,000 feet, mild altitude sickness can be a problem for some. Plan ahead with adequate hydration and any necessary medication.
Remember that the Hotel pick up and drop off is included only on Hotels located nearby San Pedro de Atacama urban zone. If your Hotel is located on Ayllus far away from the downtown, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified
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El Tatio Geysers & Machuca from San Pedro de Atacama
8 hours approx
Your tour starts with hotel pickup by van before dawn — yep, that's early! — from San Pedro de Atacama. The hotel pickup is included from the Hotels located nearby San Pedro de Atacama urban zone. We will drive north of San Pedro de Atacama to El Tatio, an approximate 1.5- to 2-hour trip.
The El Tatio Geyser Field stands just over 14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile and getting there is half the fun. You’ll travel up windy scenic mountain roads surrounded by snow-covered active and dormant volcanic peaks along the way. Magma beneath the surface acts to heat an underground source of water resulting in an explosive release of pressure.
Your arrival at the geyser field coincides with the rising sun, which gives the geysers their most spectacular appearance. In the cold, early morning air of sunrise, each geyser is topped with a white column of steam that disappears when the temperature warms up. You have about two hours to walk around the field, marveling at the geothermal wonders and taking pictures. Then enjoy a light breakfast that typically includes a ham and cheese sandwich, biscuit, fruit, juice, tea and coffee.
After about three hours total at El Tatio, head back toward San Pedro de Atacama, stopping in the village of Machuca.
You have about an hour here to explore the very tiny village (about 10 residents) at your leisure, checking out its wooden church, handful of adobe houses with thatch roofs, and artisan shop. If you wish, try a llama empanada, the local specialty (own expense).
Finally, make the drive back to San Pedro de Atacama, where your tour ends with hotel drop-off around midday. Remember that this trip takes approximately 3 hours to get back to San Pedro de Atacama.
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4.3 / 5 overall customer review rating
a Gray Line customer
Jan 14 2019
Flott kunnskapsrik og innformativ guide. God mat.
Mr Roger LEVY
Nov 04 2017
Marvellous experience, brilliant guide.
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