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Salar de Atacama

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Address: Antofagasta, Chile
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This vast salt lake is blanketed by a thick crust of salt and attracts...
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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Coming from Uyuni I thought I had seen it all. I was very wrong, as the landscape is different and one can enjoy a number of landscapes within a few hours drive at the most.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Uberlingen, Germany
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Uberlingen, Germany
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Coming from Uyuni I thought I had seen it all. I was very wrong, as the landscape is different and one can enjoy a number of landscapes within a few hours drive at the most.

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Fruit Cove, Florida, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Chile's largest salt flat & 3rd largest in the world. Many flamingoes to photograph and close distance. A telephoto lens is nice for close ups. You can still get close close, if too flamingoes fly away. Get ready to take aerial shot fast.

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Rapperswil
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15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

a nice little manmade walkway. You will probably see flamingos and other birds by and in the water. the salt crystals and their reflection in the pools are something to see.

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Hong Kong, China
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245 attraction reviews
341 helpful votes 341 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Salar de Atacama is my third salt flat, after Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and Salinas Grandes in Argentina. All three salt flats are very different and warrant a visit, if only just to get different perspectives and photo opportunities. While not as large as Uyuni, Atacama holds its own with its stunning rock-like salt terrain (Uyuni boasts flat, hexagonal... More 

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Leme, São Paulo, Brazil
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

The place is unvelievable. The salty rocks, the distant horizon and the beautiful flamingos form a surreal scenery. I would never imagine that the shape of the ground could leave such a beautiful impression on my mind. It is a very peaceful place, great to watch nature in one of its most beautiful forms. We went on September and it... More 

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Antofagasta, Chile
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

beautiful place, so peaceful and quiet, the lagoons are mirrors in the ground. Please do not disturb the flamingos.

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cyprus
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325 reviews 325 reviews
121 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

There were 3 lakes to see on this trip. Two are thankfully reserved for the birds and nature, one is available to visitors to swim. It is lovely peaceful area. The salt lake was not too cool so we managed a little swim. One bops around like a cork, a very funny feeling indeed. The black mud and salt when... More 

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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Some friends and I took a van from Antofagasta, going through Peine town, the road is sort of good, but it was long. When we get there, we were a little bit tired. The place is so peaceful with a lot of flamincos and other birds, some little lizards were around too. The salar is extrange and beautiful, if you... More 

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Toowoomba
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

The pink flamingoes were just beautiful. The bathroom facilities are very basic with no water to wash your hands so take your own supplies.

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Vitoria, ES
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

My husband and I visited Salar de Atacama on July, as part of our visit to San Pedro de Atacama. We took a van with other guests of our hotel. First we watched a very informative video about the Salar, which is a very very big flamingo reserve. The reserve is really big and we got to visit just one... More 

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