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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. Using our international travel planner, San Pedro de Atacama attractions like Salar de Tara can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Worth Visiting to see the amazing views and walk through a small/big part (depending on time you have) of the Salar. Take a hat and sunglasses and be prepared for sudden wind-storm that can blow lots ...  more »
  • The entire way of Paso de Jama is fascinating from the beginning when you leave San Pedro. This street is completely paved until you need to leave the street to reach the Salar de Tara. As soon as you...  more »
  • This is one of the coolest places to enjoy nature around the Atacama. You drive in the desert, not really knowing where exactly, but then you start seeing the rock formations taking shape, the salt pl...  more »