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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  • Absolutely amazing place!! Breathtaking landscapes. Full-day trip, but you can't tell the time!
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  • Once you're in the Atacama this is a tour not to be missed. Be in the altiplano and observe the color variations besides the concentrations of flamingos and other birds is awesome!!!!
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  • On the road from San Pedro de Atacama to Jujuy through the Paso de Jama, you will pass nearby the Laguna Tara. As in almost all of the salt lakes and lagoons in the high Atacama here is quite a quantity of flamingos in the southern summer. And like almost everywhere in the region are pretty colored rocks in the surrounding landscape. What is relatively unique, are some a few high towers, which stand in the countryside, which are referred to as "Monjes de la Pacana". It's remaining pillar of a formerly upper rock level, as can be read on the "crumbling" edges.
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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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