This landscape of crusty gray salt is so very different and just amazing! We went to the section with the flamingo preserve and the lagoon before sunset and it was well worth it. There are paths through the flat, looking liked crusty grayish snow, but not slippery, and you can see the flamingos flying overhead and feeding in the water. Unfortunately, you can’t get really close to them, but still an experience.
Fantastic place in the middle of nowhere, but full of live. Scenes are unique!
Flamingos, salt, sun, volcanoes... Is all there in just on place.
These are the vast salt flats of Chile located south of San Pedro de Atacama along the Andes mountain range. There are several volcanoes dominating the landscape, and part of the attraction lies in the rock-like sharp edges of the salt platform, and the stark, bleak landscape of the Atacama. The salt flats are third largest in the world, and cover approximately 3,000 square kilometers, impressive considering Chile is a long stretch of landmass with little breadth.
The knowledge that these jagged edges of the salt landscape could cut through you at the slightest fall did little to dissuade us to lie atop this otherworldly landscape, cautiously ensuring that the weight of your body gets evenly distributed over the outcroppings. The drive from our hotel in Calama took over three hours, but the region that is so often uninviting to others proved to be an absolute feast to my eyes.
Beautiful place. Incredibly to see the sunset. The colours of the mountains changes as the sun goes down. You have to pay attention to the oposite side of the sun because the reflexion of it is magical. Totally recomend
Visit before sundown. In January see the flamingos. Have a tea picnic as you watch the sunset, but be sure to look at the mountains on the opposite side. Wear sneakers, shorts, a light jacket, sunglasses, a hat and sunblock.
Awesome spot, incredibly quiet. Apart from the busloads of Tourists all wearing either just-bought-at-the-airport outfits, or high-fashion. Both vaguely inappropriate. Mind you. My stupid wide and effective hat, heavy biking boots and full cover dusty clothing was appropriate for the climate, but won't find me any dates soon. Or ever.
The info centre is well laid out, and the short walk with intermittent stopping spots just long enough. Spent an hour here, breathing, fully loving the scenery, and trying to stay away from the tour bus victims. Didn't help that some of them clearly didn't hear the guide indicate a clockwise route. The place isn't designed for idiots to walk the wrong way, and they are very particular that you not step off the narrow path into the actual salt field. However, they do encourage you to feel, smell and even taste the crystals and rock around you. There was a tiny fissure on the path through which I could see running water. Had to taste that. Yee gods, I shall never need salt again.
I'm from Antofagasta . So I'm used to desert. And to be honest I don't like it.. till I went to salar de atacama . Just there I could realize how beautiful the desert can be, so I totally recommend it.
Every salar that we visited looked different and Salar de Atacama had its own beauty. The rough surface, with colorful puddles and lagoons, is magnificent to behold both up close and from far away, Chaxa Lagoon (reviewed separately) is a great place to experience Salar de Atacama.
They say that the sunset views are different every day but always remarkable. For safety reasons they have zoned off the surface from walkers, so no repetition of my previous visit when I rescued a lady's hat which had blown off! Visits are usually part of tours to Laguna Cejar, which is less saline than the Dead Sea but impressive nonetheless.
I could have soaked in this salt lagune for days. My body felt light as a feather and 100% better after swiming here. The scenery is beyond anything imaginable. I had never been to a place so beautiful and wonderous, and I have been to many places. I loved it and hightly recomend a visit.