by Jessica Parra Nowajewski in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 September 2009

Traveling through the north of Chile, I found a cool place to stay for a couple of months: San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro is located in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the most arid desert in the world. With no more than three thousand local population, which increases to six thousand with foreign workers and tourists, this old Atacamenian village mixes five star hotels with small backpackers, trekking excursions, volcano climbing and trucks, with which to cross the amazing alti-planic landscape, looking for archaeological pre-Inca locations and geological formations that give us astonishing colors and unique formations.

The best trip you can take from here is to the Tatio Geysers. This reservoir of geothermic energy is located 4,321km over the sea, and one hour and half by truck from San Pedro. At sunrise, the geothermal field is full of vapor and steaming water, contrasting with the temperature, which is not more than minus 15 degrees Celsius, and frozen surfaces, creating an amazing view. The base of these steam springs are colorful products of the minerals of the earth and microorganisms that are resistant to the altitude and temperature fluctuations. In the same park, you can find a hot pool to swim and chill out in. [Photos by Jessica Parra Nowajewski]
Tatio Geysers
Tatio Geysers
Tatio Geysers