Laguna Chaxa, San Pedro de Atacama

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#8 of 11 in Nature in San Pedro de Atacama
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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. Make Laguna Chaxa a part of your San Pedro de Atacama vacation plans using our San Pedro de Atacama trip itinerary maker.
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  • Very beautiful place to view the sunset, besides the possibility of seeing flamingos beautiful in laguna. Well worth
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  • Major reasons of the why one travels to San Pedro are here. Nature, good view photos, flamingos, salt and stone features, quiet, etc. Hopefully be accompanied by a guide, because there are many stories of by means which is good to know.
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  • The Park has a visitor center at the entrance to toilets, benches, tables and a living room with pictures and explanations of all the fauna of the region, very interesting. It seems that there are studies for the preservation and maintenance of flamingos in the region. There is a trail that leads to the enclosed lagoon where they see some birds and especially the flamingos. With Sun gets too hot even in winter.
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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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