Lagunas, Salar de Atacama
The Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in Chile. In the East it is enclosed by the main chain of the Andes, while to the West lies a secondary mountain range of the Andes called Cordillera de Domeyko. Large volcanoes dominate the landscape, including the Licancabur, Acamarachi, Aguas Calientes and the Láscar. The salt flat encompasses 3,000 km2 is about 100 km long and 80 km wide, which makes it the third largest in the world,
This region is a paradise for photographers because of its natural beauty. Volcanoes are reflected on several lagunas which are depicted here: laguna Cejar next to laguna Tebinquiche, and laguna Chaxa a bit more to the south. They are all part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve with a surface of 740 km2 where several species of flamingos live (James, Chilean and Andes).
On August 25th 2013 I had the rare privilege to see an inch of snow fall in the desert, first time in 30 years. This is why the volcanoes depicted in some photos are unusually white.Show Map
Visited in August 2013