Salar de Atacama, Antofagasta

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Savor the sight of a flock of pink flamingos wading through the shallow reflecting pools at Salar de Atacama. Chile's largest salt flats offer striking scenery from all angles, with a ring of imposing volcanos surrounding the salt-rich plateau, where shallow pools form after rainfall. Take a guided tour from San Pedro de Atacama, which will also likely include a visit to the Valley of the Moon. Leave plenty of room on your camera's memory card to capture the unforgettable landscape. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Antofagasta holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Salar de Atacama and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 2, 2017
    It is a good place to enjoy alone, friends or family. It is an attractive site to see the sky and enjoy a pleasant and intimate moment.
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  • July 17, 2017
    I came accompanying and I went crazy taking photos in the Valley of the moon. He hoped sand and cold and found light and passion.
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  • June 28, 2017
    Great place to unwind. I suggest visiting the lagoon eyebrow where you can see flamingos, mountains and fresh air.
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Where to stay in Antofagasta

Though not yet seen as an international tourist destination, the northern city of Antofagasta has a welcome number of hotels and other accommodations. Head to the main coastal road to find some of the more popular high-rise hotels, offering rooms with sea views and onsite restaurants. The inland urban areas provide a good set of simple hotels, along with characterful boutiques and backpacker-friendly hostels. If planning on staying in the area for an extended period, consider renting an apartment in one of Antofagasta's main residential neighborhoods.
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