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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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Simply Spectacular

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2014
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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459 reviews 459 reviews
235 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 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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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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103 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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Urunga
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

It is so calm out there you can hear your thoughts. The salt flats are amazing, swimming (or floating!) in the lakes, saltier than the dead sea, is a must!

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Kensington,Maryland
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

When my husband chose to visit the Salar de Atacama, I had my concerns. Yet, after traveling close to 2 hours from San Pedro de Atacama, I was very impressed with the natural beauty, interesting landscape, and the flamingos in front of us. It was late in the afternoon and the sky was signaling a potential rain storm with gray... More 

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Antof
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

It was beautiful, amazing, but it's so far away from civilization that I couldn't tell if the trip worth it or no.

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