Surreal reality: Exploring the El Tatio Geysers

Surreal reality: Exploring the El Tatio Geysers

We follow 5TH Fam photographer @mydetoxtravel into the northern landscapes of Chile, where she explored the volcanic panorama around the El Tatio Geysers.

After spending a week acclimatizing in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, it was time for my friend and I to visit the El Tatio Geyser located at 4,320 meters above sea level.

We drove 3 hours on pitch black winding roads, excited to see the world’s third largest geyser field.

Unfortunately, weather wasn’t on our side, and a thick layer of clouds ruined our chances so see the sun rays illuminate the geyser’s boiling water and steam.



The largest active Geyser field in the southern hemisphere. Timekeeper: the Bilbao Argyle.

But the slow light coming made the whole scene even more intriguing and exciting, revealing the stunning landscape at a slow pace, which made us appreciate the experience even more.

The whole area was filled with colored water, strange textures, bubbling pockets of water and steaming gases.

A local explained that geysers occur when cold underground rivers hit hot rocks, heating and projecting the water up to the surface.



The term "tatio" is Kunza and translates to 'oven' or 'burnt'.

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Mother Nature's forces. This area is marked by geysers, hot springs and sinter deposits.

That day we were the first to arrive and the last to leave. That place made us feel like we were on another planet.

The drive back was even more impressive, filled with snow capped volcanoes and plenty of wildlife. We decided to spend the rest of the day off-roading and getting lost in this majestic part of the world.

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Looks like another world: native wildlife in the surreal setting around the geyser field.

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