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Jul 14, 2019
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Details

  • 8 hours (Approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
Overview Overview

Don't miss this early morning tour to El Tatio geyser field, one of San Pedro de Atacama’s most popular surrounding attractions and one of the biggest geothermal fields in the world with more than 80 geyers. With a local guide, you'll arrive at El Tatio at sunrise, when the cold, high-altitude air creates a mystical landscape of steam. Then enjoy a light breakfast. End your tour with a stop in the small adobe village of Machuca.

Highlights
  • Breakfast included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
Inclusions & Exclusions Inclusions & Exclusions
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
  • Local guide
  • Breakfast
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fee to El Tatio geyser field - 10,000 Chilean pesos (approx. USD 16)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - Geyser del Tatio
  • Entry/Admission - Machuca
Departure & Return Departure & Return
Departure Point

Ignacio Carrera Pinto 451, San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta, Chile

Traveler pickup is offered
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

Departure Time

5:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Operates

Daily

What to Expect What to Expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile

Your tour starts with hotel pickup by van before dawn — yep, that's early! — from San Pedro de Atacama. The hotel pickup starts 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.

Stop At: Geyser del Tatio, 174a Caracoles, San Pedro de Atacama 1410000 Chile

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.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Machuca, Route B-245, San Pedro de Atacama Chile

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile

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.

Hotel Pickup Hotel Pickup

Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.

Additional Info Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes including trekking pants and shoes, and a windbreaker or warm jacket
  • Please bring a bathing suit and towel
  • Note: Please bring cash to pay the entrance fees and any additional expenses
  • Note: El Tatio sits at an elevation of nearly 14,000 feet, which may cause altitude sickness for some; it is recommended that you drink plenty of hot tea or water prior to the tour and carry any necessary medication
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
  • Note: It is not recommended for children under 10 years old to use the pools due to the high water temperatures
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • You must let us know if you have health problems, medication allergy or any problem that may affect physical performance during the tour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Reviews

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Nigel W

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18, 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.

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kate.leung.12

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4/5
04, 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

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Helen M

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4/5
10, 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.

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Khanh T

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5/5
02, February, 2017

Thumbs up

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George E

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5/5
10, December, 2016

Great tour, amazing places visited

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Grzegorz F

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5/5
27, July, 2016

Highly Recommended

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Colin W

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1/5
07, 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.

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Gerrit B

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2/5
09, February, 2016

too expensive... book locally!

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Satish B

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2/5
02, 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.

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Richard J P

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26, 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.

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Vania K

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5/5
08, September, 2015

Increadible!

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Helead

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4/5
24, 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.

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Alison R

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17, 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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