Today we had to wake up at 4 in the morning to be ready and on the small buses that would take us at 4:30. We had to put on a lot of warm clothes because we were going to the Geiseres de Tatio. The geysers only shoot off before dawn, and that’s why we had to go so early. It was a little scary because the guide told us that we would be climbing to a very high altitude, and that if we didn’t rest while we were driving up, we would run the risk of becoming sick when we got to the geysers. I sat next to Fritz on the way up, and after talking to him for a while, I went to sleep and didn’t wake up until we arrived. We got out of the bus and it was absolutely freezing outside but I didn’t even mind because we were in the middle of a huge field of geysers spilling out vapor into the morning sky. We huddled together around one of the geysers while our guide explained the science and geology behind the geysers’ existence.
Then we got back on the buses and made the drive back down the mountain. I slept the whole time, only waking up when the guide told us we were passing the mountain village of Machuca, which is apparently very famous in association with the Geiseres de Tatio. When we got back to the hotel, we all met at the pool (everyone except Felix) to set up the food for Felix’s surprise birthday party (the youngest of all of us, he turned 16 today). He arrived and we sang Happy Birthday in Spanish, English, German, and French, and then served cake.