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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Grzegorz F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly Recommended

Vania K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Increadible!

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.

Helead

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!

Satish B USA

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2015

The bus was uncomfortable. The geysers were good, but the breakfast was not. The village was disappointing. It is too long and not really worth it for those who have seen Yellowstone park or other geysers.

Colin W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2016

I provided the pick up address 2months in advance, and reconfirmed this and the pick up time 48 hours before the tour. But despite getting up at 03:15 the bus did not turn up. The Chile enquiry number would not answer when we tried 15 mins after the agrred time, until eventually 30 mins later someone answered who was working from home and based in Santiago. They said they could not find the booking snd slso was unable to contact a different local company tgat was actually providing the tour. We shall see what happens now. So far quite unimpressed by losing a day of holiday.

Alison R

1 star rating: I do not recommend this October 2014

The tour operator was great. The reason I can only give this one star is that purchasing the trip through this website is way more expensive than purchasing through the same operator on their website. I learned this after the fact and regret the purchase.

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