This geothermal basin has 40 geysers & 70 fumaroles. None of them erupt as high as Old Faithful – they are more steam vents with steam going 30 ft into the air, but several did erupt water into the air. You can hear the hissing, groans, grumbles & spitting of the geysers and steam vents. At daybreak due to the temperatures of cold river water hitting the hot magma deep in the earth they are the most visible. Actually it was amazing how that by 9:30 only a few of them were letting off any steam at all – not sure we totally understood the whole concept, as in Yellowstone they are more continuous. But we now know why it was important for us to get up so early!
By the time we arrived at de Tatio, the temperature was down to 10 degrees and the ground was mostly covered with snow. It was COLD!! We walked around the walkways viewing the geyser, while a breakfast was prepared for us (outside) – scrambled eggs and all!
|Sun Rise over the Geiser Basin|
|Silhouettes of people walking among the geisers|
|A friendly Fox looking for food|
|Boiling water at a Geiser|
|Our Drive back to San Pedro|
|One of Chile's Active Volcano|
Someone on the tour gave me some orange juice to drink, which I thought may be good for me – I only had a few sips. I did not feel strong enough to walk around the village. Cal bought a kabob of lama meat & onions for himself and then brought one for me. I only had a ½ bite when I realized “this was not going to end well”! Thank goodness we were stopped so I was able to get relief outside without making everyone wait for me. “What a relief it was”! But I lost the orange juice and a lot of the water that I had consumed. I could tell I was dehydrated by the veins in my hands. I kept drinking water and once back at our lodge I had a cup of hot tea before a badly needed nap. My body had been working overtime all morning. By the time I am writing this I am back to normal. Needing to go to the bathroom is a good feeling after being dehydrated.
Now back to the geysers – at sunrise it was a beautiful sight, the sun shining through all this steam. We were surprised how they would allow people to walk around them - on pathways. As soon as the sun rises, the air temperature rises. You make sure to stand in the sun, as it definitely warms you up and the inside of the vehicle warms up quickly. At one location they had built a swimming area so people could spend time in the hot thermal water. (This is when our guide realized I was not well – I walked around a little bit, but was not necessarily walking in a straight line.) Some of the younger persons on our tour did jump into the thermal pool (we were told to bring swimwear along), and they especially loved to take photos in their swim wear with snow in the background!!
|Church at Machuca|
|House with Satellite dish - DirectTv|
|Road to San Padro|