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guide explaining about the geysers and group of people next to the steamer
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Geysers del Tatio tour

Half day guided tour to Geysers Del Tatio from Atacama

(2 reviews)
San Pedro de Atacama
1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From your accommodation in San Pedro de Atacama between 5:00 a.m. and 5:40 a.m.
Ends: In the centre of San Pedro de Atacama at 12:30 p.m.
Free cancellation!


The Geysers del Tatio tour is one of the must-do's in San Pedro de Atacama and is perfect for travelers who need to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the tour to Uyuni. This half-day tour will take you to 4,320 meters above sea level to visit the third largest geothermal field in the world.

An expert guide will explain this natural phenomenon, you will see just a few meters away the huge columns of steam that expel and, with the cold of the morning, create a unique scenario. You will have breakfast with views of the Andes and on your way back to San Pedro you will stop at Vado de Putana, a perfect place to see flamingos and Andean camelids.

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Tour details


  • Shared transportation
  • Bilingual guide (Spanish - English)
  • Breakfast

Not included

  • Access to Tatio Geyser (15.000 CLP)

Important information

❌ Due to the altitude, the tour is not suitable for people with heart problems, pregnant women, and children under 8 years old.

❄️ Keep in mind that during the early morning hours, the weather is very cold, so we recommend that you bring all the warm clothes you consider necessary. 

We do not recommend doing this tour during your first day in San Pedro, it is more convenient to adapt to the altitude of San Pedro de Atacama before doing the tour.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Geysers del Tatio tour

5:00 A.M.

📍 Pick up in San Pedro de Atacama

Welcome to one of the most stunning sunrises you will ever encounter. The Geysers del Tatio tour will start early, with pick up at your accommodation between.

After an hour and a half drive you will arrive at the Tatio Geysers, one of the most important geothermal fields in the world, and the largest in South America. As the sun rises through the columns of steam and the light filters through the mist, a unique atmosphere is created.

lord in the fumeroles of the geyser del tatio

Tatio Atacama Geysers

You will walk among the different geysers while your guide explains the science of this natural phenomenon. You will take the minibus again to visit another area of the geyser field and get to know another type of geysers, you will wait with your group for the eruptions of some of them and you will see the streams that form others, because each geyser is different.

howlanders group together with the guide explaining about the natural phenomenon

Breakfast at the Tatio Atacama Geysers - Putana Ford

It's time to recharge your batteries! 🍽 It's time for breakfast and your guide will take you to a quiet place to enjoy breakfast: bread, avocado, hot coffee, sweets... everything you need to recover from the cold and the early start.

Continue your journey towards San Pedro with a stop at Putana Ford, where you will find a perfect observation area to see the local fauna: hundreds of pink flamingos and Andean camelids await us.

llamas and flamingos in the lagoon

🚐 Return to San Pedro de Atacama.

The road continues to the center of San Pedro de Atacama, where you will arrive around 12:00 noon. It's time to say goodbye to the guide and here will end this incredible morning at the Geysers del Tatio tour.

person observing the lagoon

What to bring to Geysers del Tatio tour

  • Trekking shoes or similar
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable and warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Small backpack

Where does the tour Geysers del Tatio tour start

The tour starts in San Pedro de Atacama and most travelers arrive from 3 zones:

  • From Santiago de Chile: the most advisable option is to do it by direct plane to Calama. Upon arrival you can take a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama. We recommend the company Transfer Pampa for being the most reliable.
  • From Peru: most probably you will arrive directly from Cuzco or Arequipa. In this case we recommend you to take a bus that crosses the Arica-Tacna border and then takes you to San Pedro de Atacama, although it is a somewhat complex combination, since it is necessary to combine several buses.
  • From Salta (Argentina): there is a direct bus that takes approximately 11 hours.

Questions & Answers

  • Is the weather in Geyseres del Tatio really very cold?

    Yes, both in winter and summer the weather during the first hours of the morning is very cold. We advise you to bring all the necessary warm clothes, if you don't need them you can leave them in the minibus, so don't worry if it seems excessive.
  • Can I suffer from altitude sickness in Geyseres del Tatio?

    If you have not done a minimum acclimatization to the altitude you may have symptoms, although you spend few hours at that altitude. We recommend acclimatizing first in San Pedro de Atacama and taking this tour on the second or third day of your stay in San Pedro.
  • Will we be able to bathe in hot springs?

    Unfortunately not. Maybe you have this question because previously you could bathe in the "pozón rústico", a thermal water pool located inside the geyser field itself, but since the pandemic it was closed and they have not enabled it again. Anyway, if you feel like a thermal bath, take a look at our tour to Puritama Hot Springs Tour.

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