Salar de Tara, San Pedro de Atacama

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Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Visitors often feel like they landed on another planet once they reach Salar de Tara, located on a high-altitude plateau in Chile's Atacama region. The salt flats play mind-bending tricks with your sense of perspective, surrounded in the distance by craggy moonscape terrain. After rain, the flats form shallow reflecting pools, creating an unforgettable opportunity to see almost perfect reflections of the landscape in the distance. Even more magical are the flocks of pink flamingoes, just waiting for you to take that perfect photo. Prepare to be hit by the altitude--at 4,800 m (15,750 ft), the thin air makes walking much more difficult than you might be used to. Take it easy and let your body acclimatize to the altitude. Add Salar de Tara to your San Pedro de Atacama travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app.
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  • This salt flat is truly magnificent and one can do an easy day trip from San Pedro De Atacama. Located in the midst of natural desert surroundings, one will be able to see lots of flamingos...  more »
  • Very interesting topography. Different hikes for different people. Beautiful sand dunes. Some of the trails quite narrow.  more »
  • Looks incredible but closed to public for animal protection.
  • Beautiful, well worth the effort to get there. You’ll need a 4x4 though. We followed a path on Wikiloc app, it was super easy. The view is breathtakig both along the way and at the Salar - lots of colors and flamingos. We didn’t meet any other car, and there was no cellular reception, so bear that in mind.
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