Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama

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#7 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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  • A visit to admire the Flamingos if you don't have a lot of time you can jump easily, although different and beautiful the place has the most interesting attractions in Atacama.
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  • If you go here early in the morning there is a beautiful pink hue over the lake that makes it look ethereal. There aren’t many flamingos there at the moment but you can get some amazing photos  more »
  • We drove ourselves to this lagoon in our two wheel drive vehicle. If you don’t have a lot of time in San Pedro we certainly recommend this lagoon to see flamingoes. The drive was quite straight forwar...  more »
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  • Great place to see the salt flats of the Atacama. Flamingos frequent the mud ponds. There is an established trail around the flats with informational plaques. There is a park entrance fee (3000 CLP I think)
  • Most magic place im the Atacama desert
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  • The coldest place in the morning. Never felt so cold in my life, even wearing all the clothes I brought in thermal. But it's worth the proximity with the flamingos and the landscape, rendering beautiful photos!
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  • A walk near Sao Pedro, about 50 km more or less. The place has a structure for bathroom, well rustico. cost 2500 pesos Chileans entry. Has a beautiful flamingos and sunset is worth the trip, especially for photos.
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