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. Arrange to visit Reserva Nacional de Flamencos and other attractions in San Pedro de Atacama using our San Pedro de Atacama vacation builder site .
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  • Basic tour, a few flamingos feeding, and nothing more. A terrible heat, and smell sulfur. Pay a 2500 pesos.
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  • This place, in the midst of the Salar de Atacama is a jewel of nature. Here flamingos are round because they have food for a few small crustaceans that have managed to adapt to the water extremely saline
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  • This visit usually forms part of a day or half day trip. The scenery is stunning and to see the flamingos so close up is amazing. We were lucky enough to see a flock in flight - beautiful.  more »

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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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