11 February 2016
El Tatio Geysers
Date: 20 January 2016
Location: El Tatio Geysers, Atacama Desert, Chile
El Tatio is the highest geyser field in the world standing at 4300 metres above sea level. It is one of those places that is advertised everywhere around the Atacama Desert as a top thing to do, so of course we were going to do it! You have to see them at dawn when they are the most active. So we woke up at 4 in the morning to be gone by 4.30 for our drive there. And look, I'm not going to lie. It was pretty unpleasant because a) getting up that early and b) actually functioning and getting changed in the freezing cold! So barley half awake we set off in the dark on the drive to see the geysers. Of course when we got there we were the only ones there… It wasn't for another half an hour until another car arrived and an hour before we actually got out of the car to venture into the geyser field. It was pretty frustrating to say the least. We could have slept in another hour or so, but instead we were good and listened to when the guide book told us to leave.
When we finally got out we weren't that impressed to be honest… I mean look the concept is pretty cool and at first seeing all the geysers was pretty cool since it was something new to me. But after an hour of walking around in the cold looking at the same few geysers we started to get pretty over it. We were tired and after all the hype we thought it would be better or maybe just more impressive? We must have been comparing it to so many other amazing things we had seen over the last few days and for the effort involved we just didn't know how much it was worth it.
But we did get some cool photos out of it… Mostly out of Papas camera because of how it handles the low light, so unfortunately they aren't in this post. But here are a few ones to show you what it was like (obviously a better selection of the many photos we took!)