Salar de Atacama, Lagunas

Lagunas, Salar de Atacama

Salar de Atacama is the largest salt flat in Chile. It lies between the main chain of the Andes, East, and a secondary mountain range called Cordillera de Domeyko, West. Large volcanoes dominate the landscape, including the Licancabur, Acamarachi, Aguas Calientes and the Láscar. The salt flat encompasses 3,000 km2, it 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 Tebinquiché, and Laguna Chaxa a bit more to the South. They are all part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, home to several species of flamingos (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.

During my second visit to San Pedro in 2016 I visited Laguna Tebinquiché one more time, just as beautiful!

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Visited in August 2013 and November 2016