• Location: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Discover the unearthly geysers of the world’s driest desert on an early morning tour to El Tatio geyser field from San Pedro de Atacama. Gaze in wonder at over 80 spouting shoots of steam as you watch an enchanting sunrise in the desert. Enjoy a traditional breakfast before soothing your bones in the warm waters of natural hot spring. Conclude with a cultural exploration of the provincial village of Machuca on this engaging excursion.


  • Tour from San Pedro de Atacama to El Tatio geyser field
  • See the geysers at sunrise, when columns of white steam create an incredible sight
  • Enjoy a hot, relaxing soak in a natural geothermal pool
  • Visit the tiny village of Machuca, where only 10 or so residents live in thatched-roof mud houses
  • Breakfast included

What You Can Expect

El Tatio Geysers Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

El Tatio Geyser Field Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Depart from your hotel before dawn and enjoy the desert sunrise during a scenic 2-hour trip north. Arrive at the geyser field as the sun completes its ascent and casts a spectacular glow over one of the biggest geothermal fields in the world.

Explore the field for 2 hours, marveling at the impressive white column of steam that tops each geyser, then disappears as the temperature increases. Capture fantastic photographs then enjoy a light breakfast of fresh ham or cheese sandwiches, a sweet biscuit, fruit juice and tea and coffee.

Then, soothe your muscles in the warming waters of a natural hot spring. Plunge into the inviting 95°F (35°C) water to combat the 40°F (5°C) temperature outside; change into your bathing suit then enjoy a relaxing 50 minutes in the pool.

After 3 hours of enriching exploration, return to your comfortable minivan and venture to the provincial village of Machuca. Explore the tiny village, consisting of only 10 residents, a wooden church and rustic abodes with thatch roofs, browsing charming artisan stores for bespoke souvenirs. Sample the local specialty of a llama empanada (own expense) then settle into your vehicle for the journey back to San Pedro de Atacama.

Customer Reviews

Khanh T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Thumbs up

George E Cyprus

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour, amazing places visited

Grzegorz F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly Recommended

Vania K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


Nigel W

4 star rating: Recommended March 2018

Everything you could expect from the description. Just be aware that, at that altitude and before dawn, the air temp is below zero.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

This was less impressive than the salt flat day tour. They specified early morning start to enjoy the sunrise but that didn't happen. When the sun rose we were asleep in the bus. We could've started the tour at 9am and it wouldn't make any difference. Also too little time for photos with llamas

Helen M

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

The geysers themselves were very interesting but not so exciting as ones that we had seen elsewhere in the world.

Overall the tour was a great day out with a super guide who spoke really good English. I would go on it again as we saw some wonderful country.

Richard J P

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

This was a fine tour, and the people contractor Touristour were great. But there was little value added beyond the transit to get to these places, and that's what you're paying for with one exception, which I'll note on that tour's review. Our bus broke down on the way there, so we missed the geysers at dawn. But the company brought substitute transport as soon as possible and was good spirited about it all I can't see blaming them for one of those things that happens. Anyway, though, if you have time and resources to rent a 4WD instead, you would be well advised to do so.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Collected on time, and our guide was very pleasant. We were not rushed thru the geyser area, and he took time to explain different features along the way in both spanish and English. The hot pool was disappointing, only really tepid, with a few warm spots.

Gerrit B

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2016

too expensive... book locally!

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