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Tatio Geysers (Los Geiseres del Tatio)




Location: Antofagasta

Number of springs: 110





Description of Tatio Geysers

Tatio Geysers or Los Geiseres del Tatio is an area in Antofagasta in Chile that is famous for its geologic activity. Tatio Geysers contains more than 100 geysers that regularly shoot boiling water and hot air from beneath the ground. Tatio Geysers are located at an elevation of at 4,320 meters above sea level. El Tatio is the third-largest geyser field in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. The term "tatio", that gives Tatio geysers its current name, is derived from the native Kunza language and means "to appear", "oven", but it has also been translated as "grandfather" or "burnt". The last name might be more correct and to the point. Tatio geyser field is also known as the Copacoya geysers. The earliest mentions of geysers in the region are from the late 19th century, although local native tribes were aware of this geologic formation.






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