Salar de Aguas Calientes, San Pedro de Atacama

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#10 of 11 in Nature in San Pedro de Atacama
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The silent landscape of Salar de Aguas Calientes bursts with colors fom the green lake, red volcanic stones, sparkling salted shores, blue sky, fields of perennials, and pink flamingoes. Stand on the right spot and you can catch the reflection of the surrounding volcanoes on the calm water. Go horseback riding, explore the rich wildlife, and try to spot condors, chinchillas, foxes, and vicunas. If you continue along the field, you'll come across two lagoons and a river. Bring a wind jacket. Put Salar de Aguas Calientes into our San Pedro de Atacama vacation generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It is located on the way to the Salar de Tara. The place is very beautiful, the color of the water, the sky, is awesome! Ah, gusty and it's really cold!
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  • This part of the Atacama is very interesting is the mountain range and the Valley of La Luna. If you can see the high concentration of salt, and the different types of rock formations. Worth going at the end of the have and enjoy the sunset.
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  • Incredible in all its enormous magnitude and natural wonder. Worth the trip up there and admire it for quite a while
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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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