Standoff between Solar and Geothermal Energies: Geysers of El Tatio, Chile

Category: Spontaneous Moments


Photo and caption by Mohammad Ayaz Alam

Geysers of El Tatio (Los Géiseres del Tatio) shortly after the sunrise, when the geothermal field is most spectacular. Visitors make sure to reach El Tatio shortly before sunrise to see it at its best. It is located in the Andean Altiplano at about 4,200 meters above mean sea level near Chile's border with Bolivia, 150 km from Calama (nearest airport) and 90 km from San Pedro de Atacama, a popular desert town. With over 80 active geysers, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world, following Yellowstone (USA) and Dolina Giezerov (Russia).

Location: Gysers del Tatio (near San Pedro de Atacama), Antofagasta Region, Chile


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