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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  • Reach the salar is the maximum award for so long journey to arrive. Touched us very windy and cold so you could not enjoy so much. Some stops in the tour that I omit, but salt is incredible.
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  • We were not able to get there once there was a strong wind in the region. Our guide said to us that when the wind is too strong it is safety to go with a 4x4 car.  more »
  • To get at the Salar de Tara that is located there are 4500 m above sea level, a crater of a volcano which this deactivated the millennia! No GPS the guide uses your whole experience not to leave the route and take us to this fascinating place! Very cold and a breath-taking landscape. The city of San Pedro to the Salar we took around 2 hours. Detail: on the path we have only the "Inca baths", i.e. outdoors! But no problem! Muiiitttooo Valley the penalty that ride!
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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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