Wednesday the 23th of April 2003 – Day 64

Wednesday the 23th of April 2003 – Day 64

The bus collected us from the hostel at 4.00am as promised to deliver us to the remarkable Geysers del Tatio (4,200 meters high). To observe the geysers at full, the best time of the day to get there is at dawn. Some geysers reach up to 3 – 4 meters high. There were 10 people in our mini bus. About 7 mini buses were travelling from the town to here in total. We arrived in total darkness after travelling on a very bad road for 2 hours. We watched the bus come up and walking around for 1.5 hours. We then had breakfast out of the back of the mini bus. It is high here and some people may experience dizziness or breathing difficulties.

At 8.00am, we went to another geyser. The thermal waters near this geysers allow you to enjoy a wonderful thermal bath, while watching the dawn. The water temperature may reach up to 54 degrees Celsius, but we stayed in an area of water of about 35 oc. Very few of the people on the buses joined us in the water which was warm and refreshing. We stayed in there 40 minutes before taking the bus back to town. We went back a different route visited some shepherds villages and watching flamingoes, foxes, llamas and ostriches.

After a puncture at 12.00 noon, we arrived back to town at 13.00 hours. We decided to check out the companies that were going to Bolivia. the trip takes 2 nights, 3 days and visits some great spots along the way. lonely Planet recommends 3 companies, which we visited. We choosed Cordillera. The cost was 70 US or 54,000 CP. The cost includes accommodation ,meals and entrance to National park. After booking the ticket we found a pub and watched the Manchester United Vs Real Madrid. All the locals were happy to see United knocked out. Only 1 Manchester fan in the pub. We grabbed lunch there and tried to change money, buy food for the trip etc. Paul was staying on a few days to climb a volcano.











Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

Geysers del Tatio at daybreak. El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio) is located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile at 4,200 meters above mean sea level. Tourists often visit the geysers while touring the nearby Atacama Desert and the village San Pedro de Atacama. With over 80 active geysers, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest field in the world, after Yellowstone, USA, and Dolina Giezerov, Russia (Glennon and Pfaff, 2003).

Though possessing numerous geysers, none erupt very high. The highest eruption observed has been around six meters in height. The average geyser eruption height at El Tatio is about 75 centimeters (Glennon and Pfaff, 2003).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”.

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Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size











Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size











Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size











Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”.

Click on the picture to see it in its original size











Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

El Tatio Geyser Field (locally known as Los Géiseres del Tatio).

“El Tatio” roughly translates to “the grandfather”. Arron, Paul and Rob Cotter

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Geysers del Tatio – Chile

Taken on the 23rd of April 2003

Geysers del Tatio – On the way back to San Pedro

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