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“Great way to relax after a hectic trip” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Salar de Atacama

Salar de Atacama
Antofagasta, Chile
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Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Antofagasta
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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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“Great way to relax after a hectic trip”
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 applied to body has amazing effect. After a little rub and a rinse one's skin feels like a little baby's . Easy day. There were a few flamingoes about which added to interest.

Visited February 2013
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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“Peaceful, different and beautiful”
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 are around you should not miss it.

Visited October 2012
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“breath taking”
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.

Visited October 2011
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“Beautiful landscape and great sunset”
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 part of it. After the video, we took a walk around the place and waited for the sunset. Stunning! The landscape gets colorful and the volcanos look beautiful. It´s worth the visit, specially if you go in the afternoon for the sunset.

Visited July 2012
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“Like nothing you've seen”
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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