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El Tatio - or as the ingenous of the high mountains say, Tata-iu, "the crying grandfather". Photo credit: www.chile.travel
80 active geysers make El Tatio in northern Chile one of the largest geyser fields in the world.
The grace of the vicuña lamas can be seen here.
It's steamy, it's bubbling - getting up early is worth it.
The El Tatio geyser field consists of a world-famous natural phenomenon. The highest geysers in the world shoot their vapor columns into the air up to 65 feet.
It's well worth getting up early in the morning - around 4:00 am or later, you will head to the Tatio Geysers, some 90 kilometers to the north. Just in time for sunrise, you will reach the Tatio high valley at 4,321 meters - the highest located geyser field of the world. Especially in the back light of the first rays of the sun can shoot fantastic photos of this natural spectacle! With a little luck, you will see Vicuñas, the wild relatives of the lamas. For their fur, which is considered the second-finest tissue after the silk, the petite animals were hunted in the last decades almost to extinction. In Chile, vicuñas are now under protection and reproduce magnificently. On their way downhill you will visit the beautiful Baños de Puritama, hot springs located in a green gorge, where you can enjoy a relaxing swim.