Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama

The flat and watery landscape of Laguna Chaxa draws many nature lovers interested in exploring a unique ecosystem of salt lakes and flamingo breeding sites. Though the area's ground is crusted with salt, three of the five different types of flamingos reside here, including the Chilean, Andean, and James species. As you point your camera at the flurry of flamingos flying over the lake, keep an eye out for other birds, like sandpipers, puna plovers, and Andean avocets. Time your visit for either sunrise or sunset, when the area's birds are most active and easiest to photograph. Our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder makes visiting San Pedro de Atacama and other {2} attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The drive to this Laguna will cost you about 40 minutes from San Pedro de Atacama. The road is reasonable. The reception and hospitality is very friendly and helpful. The surrounding area is amazing.....  more »
  • Very fine drive by our own car. There are lots of flamencos and not to much people so you have all the time of the world for a quite visit  more »
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  • Tranquil and Happy - that's how I felt after I left the place "Laguna Chaxa". Flamingo is such rare and beautiful bird. You get to watch them peacefully stroll in the salt flat, sometimes they put their heads underneath the water, sometimes they walk back gracefully or fly across the sky with a curve... it's all so surreal as an out of the world experience - there indeed such rare bird in the world. and live in such a weird place. All the combination just ignite incredible happiness and tranquility in your heart.
  • If you manage to go there before the first bus of tourists arrive, you can sneak up to the flamingos and take pictures at very short distances, just amazing! We waited at the gate for the rangers to open and went in first. Worth it!
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