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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  • Despite the wind and cold, it's worth a lot to visit the place very well preserved, beautiful landscapes, it seems even a colorful artificial. Only problem is the lack of decent bathrooms.
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  • This is where more feel in the middle of the desert, with only bathrooms incas and the beautiful nature around.
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  • The Salar de Tara is very beautiful. Go prepared to quite cold in the beginning-took about of 3 degrees in the morning-and altitude-about 4800m tall. We must do everything slowly, not to feel the effects of the altitude. Don't go alone. Look for an agency-recommend Araya for Brazilians. There enters the desert. If the person does not know the location, runs serious risk of losing, what can be terrible, even fatal.
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