Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama

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#8 of 11 in Nature in San Pedro de Atacama
The flat and watery landscape of Laguna Chaxa draws many nature lovers interested in exploring a unique ecosystem of salt lakes and flamingo breeding sites. Though the area's ground is crusted with salt, three of the five different types of flamingos reside here, including the Chilean, Andean, and James species. As you point your camera at the flurry of flamingos flying over the lake, keep an eye out for other birds, like sandpipers, puna plovers, and Andean avocets. Time your visit for either sunrise or sunset, when the area's birds are most active and easiest to photograph. Our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary builder makes visiting Laguna Chaxa and other San Pedro de Atacama attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • October 7, 2017
    You have to go with comfortable clothes, much water, there are bathrooms, not so warm and so exposed, term means if they have luck will be the volcano nevado, lagoon not be can swim is a quiet place, you will see animals on the road in the area.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Like most desert ponds, a priceless place, an eccentric beauty, alive, colorful, with a deep blue sky.
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  • October 5, 2017
    very beautiful place, must go visit him so that they know and live the experience of the place, really beautiful
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As the stepping-stone to the nearby national reserve, San Pedro de Atacama offers an impressive range of hotels and guesthouses. Despite the big selection, prices remain relatively high throughout the year due to the town's status as northern Chile's tourist hub. At the peak of the summer season (late December to late March), some budget-friendly hostels even require single travelers to share a room with another guest. If you wish to avoid that, look into one of the hotels, many of which cluster around the town's central area and line the main street.
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