• El Tatio geysers, Altiplano, Chile

    El Tatio geysers, Altiplano, Chile

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  • El Tatio geysers, Altiplano, Chile

    El Tatio geysers, Altiplano, Chile

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  • Wildlife in the altiplano on way to Et Tatio geysers, Chile

    Wildlife in the altiplano on way to Et Tatio geysers, Chile

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  • Flamingos in altiplano on way to El Tatio geysers, Chile

    Flamingos in altiplano on way to El Tatio geysers, Chile

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  • Vizcacha in Atacama, Chile

    Vizcacha in Atacama, Chile

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  • Pajas brava grass in the altiplano, Chile

    Pajas brava grass in the altiplano, Chile

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  • Yareta, a rare plant in Chile's altiplano

    Yareta, a rare plant in Chile's altiplano

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  • Remote church, Atacama, Chile

    Remote church, Atacama, Chile

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  • Breakfast at El Tatio Geysers, Chile

    Breakfast at El Tatio Geysers, Chile

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The geysers of El Tatio

High up in the altiplano above the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, El Tatio geysers perform their dramatic show. Unmissable!

See the dramatic geysers of El Tatio

Up in northern Chile, the drive north from San Pedro de Atacama to the El Tatio geysers takes about 1½ hours. The road rises quickly in altitude until you reach the geysers at 4321m.

On the way, you’ll pass yet more of the Atacama’s dramatic mountain scenery and watch the flora change from gorges of tall cactus plants up to fields of bright yellow pajas brava grass showing that you’ve reached over 3600m. In this habitat, you’ll almost certainly spot wild guanacos and vicuñas, perhaps the odd viscacha  (like a large hare) and if lucky, an Andean fox. There are also a couple of lakes where flamingoes, terns and other birds can often be seen.

This is only a morning's trip but it packs in the 'wow' factor when it comes to scenery plus the added bonus of wildlife too.

  • Impressive hot water geysers let off steam in the hold air
  • A stunning range of scenery from desert to altiplano
  • Unusual flora, from large cactus to rare yareta 'cushion' plants
  • Flamingos, guanacos, viscachas and other wildlife
  • Visit an old remote village church
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An unusual and fascinating morning in the altiplano

If you stay at San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile for around 2-3 days, you will be more acclimatised to the altitude and so we highly recommend a visit up to the geysers of El Tatio. Being at 4312m, you really feel the altitude here.

El Tatio geysers from a distance, Altiplano, Chile © AGMarks

An early but worthwhile morning

You leave San Pedro de Atacama at about 6.30 am. By about 9.30 to 10am, the show is mostly over, so it’s time for some breakfast and then the return to San Pedro, perhaps stopping to photograph the picturesque old adobe church in the remote llama-herding village of Machuca.