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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  • August 8, 2017
    It is quite interesting and beautiful sight to watch these two wells in the middle of the deserts, separated by the road and found in diametral tune, even if one is larger than the other, in short are two blue eyes in the middle of a place where water is scarce. If someone like you can bathe in one of them, since the other does not have access, even if the water is not very clean. As a recommendation is preferable to not go with very young children and people suffering from respiratory or cardiac complications due to sudden changes in temperature and height, but if you want to go, take precautions.
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  • July 25, 2017
    Two small circular ponds and very close to each other, obviously are not natural. How is on the way to another tour all stop for some pictures and explanations.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Is underway and is an interesting place to see, in the middle of nowhere and as if they were 2 sources of transparent waters that spring from the inside.
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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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