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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  • Meet the Salar de Tara was one of the most amazing trips we did in Atacama. The landscapes we've been through to get there are wonderful! Who is to travel to the Atacama desert, book a tour of the Salar de Tara, because it is one of the most beautiful spots of the trip!
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  • I liked the ride, but like most of that was, the path itself is much more interesting than the main event. Most of the rides, and the Salar de Tara is included, is something more contemplative, where you stay far away. But it's worth the visit for sure. I wish I had visited the Atacama years ago, when I was allowed to enter the Stones Rojas, for example.
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  • Nice Salar area and viewpoint with views! Rent a 4 x 4, because the tracks are a challenge for a normal car!
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