Salar de Tara, San Pedro de Atacama

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Visitors often feel like they landed on another planet once they reach Salar de Tara, located on a high-altitude plateau in Chile's Atacama region. The salt flats play mind-bending tricks with your sense of perspective, surrounded in the distance by craggy moonscape terrain. After rain, the flats form shallow reflecting pools, creating an unforgettable opportunity to see almost perfect reflections of the landscape in the distance. Even more magical are the flocks of pink flamingoes, just waiting for you to take that perfect photo. Prepare to be hit by the altitude--at 4,800 m (15,750 ft), the thin air makes walking much more difficult than you might be used to. Take it easy and let your body acclimatize to the altitude. Add Salar de Tara to your San Pedro de Atacama travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our San Pedro de Atacama road trip planning app .
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  • October 6, 2017
    All locations in Atacama has an odd belez. But Salar de Tara is indescribable, have to know to understand the beauty of this place. Rocks, Desert, Salar, Flamingos ... all together. My recommendation is to go with a private Guide (Agency Chilla is an excellent choice) because half of the road is off Road. Be in a car more suitable (instead of a van) makes all the difference. Don't risk going without a guide because a good piece is without road laterally. Have to know very well not to lose.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Beautiful tour, in places that seem to belong to this planet. Once again great service provided by FlaviaBia Excursions, with your nice guide Cristian. Care must be taken with the cold, especially coming right from the icy winds that take the temperature at negative levels.
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  • October 5, 2017
    It is a real rally, you have to live that experience and it is beautiful, walk very slow and do not take anything before you go that so don't be apunan or fall ill.
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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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