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El Tatio Geysers
El Tatio Geysers

El Tatio Geysers

Free admission
Open daily
Ruta B-245, Calama

The Basics

The El Tatio Geysers are a must for nature lovers and photographers, and the best way to visit is on a guided excursion from San Pedro de Atacama. Most tours include round-trip transport, as well as breakfast after exploring the geyser field; some also stop by another attraction (such as a hot spring or an artisans village) before returning to San Pedro de Atacama.

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Small-Group Tour to Tatio Geysers Machuca Village & Rio Putana wetlands
Small-Group Tour to Tatio Geysers Machuca Village & Rio Putana wetlands
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$75.00 per adult
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Just do it, even if it’s 4:30 am pick up!
A great experience! Our guide Chris is funny and well prepared! Being up close to the geysers is definitely amazing! Also seeing some Guanaco and flamingos! The 4:30 am pick is well worth it!
Mike_H, May 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Watch your step. Visitors have suffered burns from falling through the thin crust into underlying pools of scalding water.

  • Dress in layers. It’s cold at sunrise, but you’ll quickly heat up on the way back down.

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How to Get There

The El Tatio Geysers are about a 90-minute drive north of San Pedro de Atacama. The road is quite rough, and navigating can be difficult in the dark (if you’re aiming to get to the geyser field by sunrise). Skip the hassle by booking a tour.

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When to Get There

Tours from San Pedro de Atacama typically get travelers to the field in time for sunrise, when the geysers are at their most active. Dawn is also the ideal time to spot wildlife like vicuñas and llamas. If you’re driving yourself, you can beat the crowds by going later in the day, but the show won’t be quite as impressive.

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Machuca

The tiny nearby village of Machuca is a popular stop after visiting the geysers. With only around 10 residents, Machuca has a pretty wooden church and a few rustic homes with thatch roofs. Buy artisan-made souvenirs, and sample the local specialty, llama empanadas.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to El Tatio Geysers?
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What else should I know about attractions in San Pedro de Atacama?
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As well as visiting the El Tatio Geysers, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: