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Geyser El Tatio lies within the Tatio geothermic basin and is located around 90 km north of San Pedro, very close to the border with Bolivia. At over 4300 meters elevation (14173 ft.) it is one of the worlds highest geyser fields and consists of a vast field of fumeroles. The fumeroles are formed when frozen underground rivers make contact with hot rocks and steam escapes to the surface through fissures in the earth crust, some reaching up to a height of 10 meters.

While it is less dramatic than Yellowstone, the visual impact of its steaming fumeroles at sunrise is quite dramatic. We took a tour that left San Pedro at 4:00 a.m. to get there at the break of dawn. There are also some hot water springs that have been made into thermal baths. To our surprise, there were no restrictions on wandering around on the geyser field, something that would never be allowed in a US national park.

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