The Salar de Atacama

Level: Easy
Duration: Half Day

Uncover the breathtaking sights of the Salar de Atacama on this captivating excursion to Chaxa Lagoon, where vivid colors and resident Flamingos abound.

We’ll begin with a trip south to visit Toconao, a secluded village and desert oasis which was built using soft white stone, known for its fruit cultivation thanks to the natural irrigation it is bestowed with. We’ll wander through Toconao itself, passing the main plaza, the church adorned with an 18th century bell tower and artisan workshops, before continuing onward. Our destination is the Los Flamencos National Reserve at Chaxa Lagoon in the Salar de Atacama, home not only to the various Flamingo species but also to Andean Gulls, Highland Chorlos and more birdlife.

As we take a gentle walk along the trails that wind their way around this watery haven, there’s no doubt you’ll want to reach for your camera and capture this landscape of vast open skies, imposing peaks looming on the horizon and the colors of the sunset at the Salar de Atacama, mirrored in Chaxa Lagoon as the Flamingos fly across the sky.

Salar de Atacama

Gallery of The Salar de Atacama