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Ojos del Salar, San Pedro de Atacama

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Cool off at Ojos del Salar, an oasis in the desert. The lake looks particularly impressive against its barren surroundings, with the water providing a stark contrast to the backdrop of harsh mountains and dry plains. Stop off here as part of your excursion, taking photos of the lake and using its reflections to hone your trick photography skills. You'll be pleased to hear that the lake is suitable for swimming, so come prepared and take a refreshing dip. Put Ojos del Salar into our San Pedro de Atacama vacation route planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in San Pedro de Atacama.
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  • You'll cross this attraction on your way to Laguna Cejar, you must pay attention in your way, otherwise you'll miss it - it is not that interesting. Some say you may swim on it...  more »
  • These are 2 deep water holes in the middle of the desert landscape. We stopped for a few minutes when driving between Laguna Cejar & Laguna Tebenquiche.  more »
  • A jump into this small fresh water lake is nice, a break in the tour around the Salar. At the bottom of this lake we left a go-pro camera, if anyboby will find it please inform us  more »

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Where to stay in San Pedro de Atacama

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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