|Tatio Geysers, Atacama Desert, Chile|
Our last excursion was to the Tatio geysers, a high altitude equivalent of Yellowstone Park in the U.S. At 14,000 feet, the Tatio geyser field in the Andes is the highest geyser field in the world. El Tatio covers an area of 12 square miles, with geysers, boiling water fountains, fumaroles, hot springs, mud pools, and mud volcanoes seeping steam across its surreal expanse.
|The Tatio Geyser Field is the third largest in the world.|
|On the walkway to the geyser field.|
|The crust of the geyser field is fragile.|
|Steam from vents in the geyser field condenses in the chilly morning air.|
|Bathers in the heated pool|
|Breakfast of bread, meat, cheese and avocado|
Vicunas, valued for their unusually fine wool, are the delicate and extremely endangered wild relative of the llama. (The other wild relative is the guanaco.) As the sun climbed higher in the sky, we left and the vicunas had the mountains all to themselves.
A full report of our visit to the Atacama can be found in these posts from May 2011:
Chile: Atacama Desert, Part 1, Flamingoes, Oases and Volcanoes
Chile: Atacama Desert, Part 2, Ancient Rock Art, Llamas and Geysers
All text and photos, copyright Caroline Arnold. www.theintrepidtourist.blogspot.com