Reserva Nacional de Flamencos, San Pedro de Atacama

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From the trademark pink flamingos to salt water lagoons and scenic hiking trails, Reserva Nacional de Flamencos captures all the beauty of the Atacama Desert. Covering an area of 740 sq km (285.7 sq mi), the reserve presents a real treat for hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. In addition to the captivating views of the salt flats surrounded by mountains, salt water lakes, and one-of-a-kind geological formations, the reserve supports many rare species, such as Darwin's rhea, Andean fox, and Chilean flamingo. The grounds are divided into several sections; expect to pay separate admission fees for each one. Bear in mind that the reserve has a desert climate with temperatures that vary greatly between night and day, so always make sure to have some warm clothes on hand. Our San Pedro de Atacama trip builder makes visiting Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and other San Pedro de Atacama attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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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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  • This place was amazing to see beautiful flamingos In their natural environment. We were a bit out of the season in April (later in the year - they are there in hundreds) but we still saw dozens and th...  more »
  • Another beautiful and scenic place activity in Atcama area you must visit. I like it better in the morning and evening because the light is softer and better for photo taking. The flamingo are very ni...  more »
  • Drove out toward Tacanao from San Pedro, and ended up at Reserva Nacional. The drive was absolutely beautiful, with nice views of the mountains. It is amazing to be in the desert, and the trip here ce...  more »