Salar de Aguas Calientes
Salar de Aguas Calientes
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stork90
Mount Juliet, TN1,372 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We followed both Google maps and the large road signs that directed us to go on B-357, and had no difficulty getting to Talabre, but beyond there, the gravel/dirt road was the WORST washboard road we have ever driven on, including Africa and small Caribbean islands. We progressed as far as Volcan Laskar, but still had another hour of teeth and bone rattling ride, so we quit and turned around. It took 30 minutes to go 5-6 km.
Written February 8, 2020
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NaraTheDeer
Dallas, TX34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
Salar de Aguas Calientes was very peaceful and beautiful. It was about a 2h drive from San Pedro.
Just a warning, the road to the attraction and then onward was a bit more dangerous than we expected. We rented a non-4x4 automatic SUV and was told by the rental company at the airport that we would be able to drive to all of the planned stops (including Tatio Geyser) safely. The drive from San Pedro to Salar de Aguas was uneventful except for a lot of small potholes. However, we had planned to make our way from the Salar to Miscanti Lake (going NW on B357 and then turn left on B365 and heading west back to route 23 to Miscanti). We made it to the halfway point on B365 between the two stops when we had to start driving up steep switchbacks and realized our SUV would not be able to make it up due to the lack of traction in the desert sand. So we made our way back down and tried to head back the way we came from but that included going up another less steep hill as well. The road was not paved with lots of ditches and the possibility of rolling of the cliff was real. Ultimately we kept getting stuck in all of the ditches and potholes and were stranded for about 1 hour before a passerby helped us push the car up the hill and we made our way back home safely. During our roughly 6-7 hours driving through the Atacama desert, we encountered roughly 6 other cars. The more touristy attractions (Valle de Luna and muerta, salar de atacama, laguna chaxa) were relatively well paved. The less trafficked areas were somewhat unsafe to drive through unless you have a 4x4. I'd recommend being prepared for the possibility of any car breakdowns and such and get a 4x4 if you plan on driving yourself.
Written March 30, 2017
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Salar de Aguas Calientes is also known as "Salar de Talar" or "The "Altiplanic Lagoons", is in the same area as Piedras Rojas and it is about an hour and a half drive, on a good road, from San Pedro de Atacama or just half an hour dive, once you reached the minuscule village of Sicare. The place is located at about 4500m altitude and is made by a fantastic and highly photogenic, combination of reddish colored boulders (piedras rojas), then you have the bluish-greenish color of the lagoon, the white of the salt on its edges, the blue of the sky, the sound of the wind and ... nothing else....
Written October 22, 2016
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Peter S
215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
If you like flamingos you will be in your element here. Other birds can also be seen very close up and the salt-lake landscape is strange and beautiful
Written October 6, 2015
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kunfoto
Vancouver, Canada47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
This is the most beautiful laguna in San Pedro de Atacama. Not every tour agency offer the tour to this amazing laguna so make sure you don't miss it. I booked a day tour with Cosmo Andino. The scenery is very unique where you don't see anywhere else. This is a photographer's dream place for great landscape pictures. The lake is green while the shore is strange red colour stone. The background mountain shows various mineral colour. The sky is so blue. I wish I could spend a half day there walking around the laguna.
Written September 16, 2015
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Mary255060
Halifax, Canada60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a better way to see flamingos than visiting the national park for them as you can't get as close there.
Written November 24, 2019
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Neal K
Manchester, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Great place to visit. The salt water pools are not too cold and you can experience floating in the salt-dense water, that means you just cannot sink.
Written June 8, 2019
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David_in_Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited these salt flats (which we were told are the 3rd largest in the world) after experiencing the gigantic Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia ... so I guess comparisons were inevitable.

Firstly, these "flats" are not at all smooth - while it is true that there is very little by way of hills or valleys, the salt itself has been created through subterranean evaporation which has rendered the entire "flat" with razor sharp edge. Luckily for us tourists, paths have been created so you can walk through the area as the flats themselves cannot be safely walked on directly.

There was some birdlife around while we explored the flats - mostly Flamingos and ducks, but some gulls as well. We visited towards sunset and were able to enjoy some wonderful reflections off the water that is present in some areas of the flats.

Actually, visiting at Sunset gave some of the most beautiful/stunning views you're likely to ever see ... both of the clouds, and of the nearby Andean mountain range as it changed colour with the setting sun. A great experience.
Written June 18, 2018
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TravellingOrange
London, UK755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
As another reviewer has posted, you do need a 4x4 to visit the whole area around San Pedro as only the main roads are paved.

Aguas Calientes is simply out of this world beautiful. So many photo ops. Flamingos on the lake and picture perfect landscapes. You can scarcely believe it's on Earth.

An easy drive on route 23 through Tocanao, this can be combined with a couple other lakes to make it a full day.
Written April 26, 2017
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authored
Springfield, VA1,130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
These Salt flats are quite a drive from San Pedro de Atacama, but are worth it. You will find plenty of flamingoes in the lagoons. The walk through the flats is on a flat path with water bubbling all around you. There is a small entrance fee and there are restrooms.
Written February 18, 2017
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