Atacama Salt Flat and Altiplanic Lagoons
After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Atacama salt Flat and enter the National Flamingo Reserve at Chaxa Lagoon sector. This National Reserve is formed by a gigantic depression of more than 3.500km2, located 2.300 masl. The Salar is the biggest salt field in Chile and its large quantities of salt make the surface white and rough. The dryness and altitude of the salt field allow an excellent panoramic view of the area. The bottom of the salt field is composed of an enormous lake, which receives water from mountain rivers and melting snow. As it has no runoff, several small lagoons have formed, where we can observe the three types of flamingos living in the area, the English, the Andean and the Chilean.
After visiting the Salar, we continue our trip to Miscanti and Meñiques lagoons of crystalline water and intense blue color at 4.350 and 4.100 m.s.n.m. Surrounded by numerous volcanoes and mountains, they are a habitat for a variety of species, such as the Chilean flamingo, the small Parina, the playero de Bird and the horned crane , among others. In the surrounding scenery, the hills of Miscanti and Meñiques can be seen, and the area is part of the Flamingo National Reserve. On the way back to San Pedro we visit Socaire town, the last village of Lican Antai or Atacameño culture for the travelers on their way to Salta in Argentina, along the Sico Pass international road. On this small town we’ll enjoy lunch and then head back to San Pedro de Atacama.
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