El Tatio Geysers of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Sometimes in order to experience something at the ideal time it involves waking up before the crack of dawn. With this in mind we booked at tour to El Tatio geysers just outside of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. By the time our bus arrived, after several hours of driving off-road, we were treated to sunset, frigid temperatures and incredible geysers. After it warmed up a little bit we went swimming in the geysers and ate a delicious breakfast that included dulce de leche and chocolate pancakes, along with bread, cheese, ham, fruit, juice and coffee. As our tour continued we visited Machuca village where we viewed old churches and had an opportunity to sample alpaca meat skewers. Other stop included viewing areas for volcanoes, flamingos, lagoons and spotting other wildlife. Overall, it was a fantastic full-day tour and one we’d highly recommend to those visiting Northern Chile – especially if you’re based in San Pedro de Atacama.
Travel Video: El Tatio Geysers of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Well, somebody looks all bundled up this morning. I know. Good morning from the chilly Atacama desert. Yesterday, we arrived in San Pedro de Atacama and we booked a tour to visit El Tatio geysers and we had to be up at four in the morning. It was a really early start and now it is probably around seven but it is still freezing but I’m told we’re going to get chocolate pancakes plus we’re going to see some pretty cool geysers so it should be a really fun outing. I think you’re holding out for the pancakes. Pancakes.
So apparently this it he highest geyser field in the whole world. And according to my Lonely Planet there should be around 64 geysers although our guide did mention there is closer to 80. So who knows maybe there are new ones sprouting up.
So now we have twenty minutes stop in a village called Machuca. And there is a new part and an old part to the village. The older construction is over a thousand years old so we are going to go find some of those ruins. There is some churches out here as well. But apparently the civilization has been here for over eight thousand years so that is a long time. That’s impressive.
Oh look at you. Look at you so sweet. So sweet. Look at those little eyes. Oh.
You’re a flamingo today aren’t you? I’m waddling like one too. Actually flamingos don’t waddle. But the cherry on top of the cake here for this tour was getting to see flamingos. I was think you know what maybe we’re not going to get to see them but right at the last stop yes we get to.
And we’re now at our final stop of the tour. We’re checking out this really cool gorge that is really green and yeah it has been an awesome tour. We saw some amazing landscapes, lots of wildlife. We ate some tasty pancakes. So yeah, if you’re ever traveling around Atacama this is a really fun tour to take.