This was, without a doubt, one of the tours that I enjoyed the most in the Atacama. The sky is something that really gets to me, and listening to an astronomer talk about the space and the stars was fascinating.
After facing the cold of the desert and being rewarded with one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen, the tour to Geysers El Tatio still had some surprises for me. We left the geyser field and went to a thermal water pool. Yes, you heard (or read?) right!
Without a doubt, the tour to El Tatio Geysers was the one I was most looking forward to. Located at about 98km from San Pedro de Atacama and 4,300 meters altitude, it’s an astonishing tour, but it requires some special attention.
After enjoying the beauty of Altiplanic Lagoons (Lagunas Altiplanicas) and Salar de Atacama in the first part of the day, the second tour took us to Cejar Lagoon (Laguna Cejar), Ojos del Salar and Tebinquinche Lagoon (Laguna Tebinquinche). As I said in the other post, our first tour took longer than planned, what left us short on time in San Pedro de Atacama.
The second day in the Atacama Desert started pretty early. Our destinations in the morning were the Altiplanic Lagoons (Lagunas Altiplânicas) and Salar de Atacama. The first tip I give you for tours that start early is to wear clothes in layers, since the desert gets really cold in the morning, and as the sun rises, so does the temperature.
This was the very first tour that I took in the Atacama Desert. Since it starts in the late afternoon and it doesn’t have variations in altitude, it’s a good idea to take this tour on the first day of your trip. This way you can take the early hours of the day to walk around and choose your agency in San Pedro, as well as to start getting used to the altitude.