Laguna Tebinquinche, San Pedro de Atacama

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Discover how captivating the driest place on Earth can be when you add some water to it at Laguna Tebinquinche. Unlike the other lagoons of the Atacama Desert--generally small pools of water--this is actually a proper saltwater lake, nestled under the towering peaks of the Andes. The mirrorlike surface reflects the surrounding scenery, making this spot famous for some of Chile's most beautiful sunsets. In the summer the lake tends to dry, leaving behind a thick layer of salt that you can easily walk on. Drive to the lake on your own, or join one of the many organized tours of the salt flats that regularly leave from San Pedro de Atacama. Plan to visit Laguna Tebinquinche and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended San Pedro de Atacama attractions using our San Pedro de Atacama trip generator.
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  • Then, it was for us the most beautiful! Arrived in a small band just at the beginning of the sunset, we stayed until the full night. Colors varied from minute to minute for at least 1 hour... to end up with a completely surreal bluish purple. Attention, the best photos of the reflection are just until the Sun come down because then an imperceptible wind rises and slightly cloudy water...
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  • I've always wanted to meet the Atacama and live this experience will be unforgettable. The Laguna is wonderful and the sunset, accompanied by the drinks and groceries that our Agency offered had no price. In addition the guide be the best photographer of all. We came back with pictures and memories that will always pair alive!
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  • No doubt it was the most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen in my life! Is sensational, I recommend this tour!!!!
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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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