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Salar de Atacama

Address: Antofagasta, Chile
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Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Antofagasta
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This vast salt lake is blanketed by a thick crust of salt and attracts some interesting varieties...
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: 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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Hong Kong, China
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477 reviews 477 reviews
241 attraction reviews
305 helpful votes 305 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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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325 reviews 325 reviews
121 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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108 reviews 108 reviews
58 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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Urunga
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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