AM: 5:00 AM: Buffet Breakfast – An especially early breakfast will be served buffet-style, today perhaps featuring cheese, cereal, style, ham, yogurt, bread, and muffins, as well as scrambled eggs topped with linseed, homemade bread, muesli with yogurt and fruit, espresso coffee and fresh juices.
6:00 AM: Tatio Geysers – The Atacama Desert is an endless wonderland when it comes to natural geology, and the El Tatio Geysers prove just that! You’ll have to get up early to enjoy the show just as the sun comes up, which is when El Tatio is most impressive, given the angle of light that casts through the haze while steam billows from the ground.
Driving off before sunrise, we’ll spend the whole morning exploring the largest geothermal field in the southern hemisphere. Referred to by locals as “Grandpa crying,” the Tatio Geysers sit at 2.7 miles (4,321 m) above sea level and consist of some 70 beautiful fountains of water and steam spewing into the air. Along with these are 60 pools of boiling water and bubbling mud, in addition to a number of natural hot springs and small fumaroles (openings in the ground that emits steam and gases).
Once at this chilly site, you’ll also have a chance for some warm bathing in a swimming pool specially installed in this volcanically heated geothermal field.
This is also a good chance to appreciate the unique plant and animal life that has adapted to this extreme environment. So, on the way and once there, keep your eyes peeled for llama-like vicuñas, foxes, wild donkeys, and flamingos, among many other species.