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Salar de Atacama

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Address: Antofagasta, Chile
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This vast salt lake is blanketed by a thick crust of salt and attracts some...

This vast salt lake is blanketed by a thick crust of salt and attracts some interesting varieties of birds including several different types of flamingos.

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Cejar Lagoon Half-Day Tour from San Pedro de Atacama
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Atacama Salt Flats, Toconao and Altiplanic Lagoons Day Trip
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Atacama Salt Flat and Toconao Tour from San Pedro

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Beautiful and serene

Awesome spot, incredibly quiet. Apart from the busloads of Tourists all wearing either just-bought-at-the-airport outfits, or high-fashion. Both vaguely inappropriate. Mind you... read more

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awesome spot, incredibly quiet. Apart from the busloads of Tourists all wearing either just-bought-at-the-airport outfits, or high-fashion. Both vaguely inappropriate. Mind you. My stupid wide and effective hat, heavy biking boots and full cover dusty clothing was appropriate for the climate, but won't find me any dates soon. Or ever. The info centre is well laid out, and the short... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I'm from Antofagasta . So I'm used to desert. And to be honest I don't like it.. till I went to salar de atacama . Just there I could realize how beautiful the desert can be, so I totally recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Every salar that we visited looked different and Salar de Atacama had its own beauty. The rough surface, with colorful puddles and lagoons, is magnificent to behold both up close and from far away, Chaxa Lagoon (reviewed separately) is a great place to experience Salar de Atacama.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

They say that the sunset views are different every day but always remarkable. For safety reasons they have zoned off the surface from walkers, so no repetition of my previous visit when I rescued a lady's hat which had blown off! Visits are usually part of tours to Laguna Cejar, which is less saline than the Dead Sea but impressive... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

I could have soaked in this salt lagune for days. My body felt light as a feather and 100% better after swiming here. The scenery is beyond anything imaginable. I had never been to a place so beautiful and wonderous, and I have been to many places. I loved it and hightly recomend a visit.

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Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

I loved this place - the isolation and beauty of it. I got a great shot of the flamingos flying across the volcano - it's a wonderful place for photographers. But then, Chile is full of wonderful places. Take plenty of memory cards and be patient wating for the light.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2015

This trip was great. We hired some tour guides in San Pedro to take us around the salt flats, the valley of the moon, and other lakes up in the mountains near the Bolivian/Argentinian border. Great sites and the guides helped us explaining a lot of historical events surrounding the areas we visited.

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Thank emptydesire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

Go there! Do the tour. It is such a unique experience and one of the places in the world that makes you feel truly special for having been. I would love to return one day. Yes, so the journey to get there is long and bumpy but you will not regret it! Sure, it's expensive too but not compared to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

It is a beautiful place to go however is not that cheap. Unfortunately it was winter time when I went there and I didnt swin, probably the cause I am saying it is expensive.

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Thank Luiz H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

Amazing view. Looks like another world. Its possible to see some flamingos and the beautiful nature. Worth every coin spent

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