Also known as the Tara Sentinels or the Tara Moais because they look like the Rapa Nui sculptures, the Monjes de la Pacana (Pacana Monks) are great vertical formations found at the Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, shaped during million of years by the action of the wind.
To get to the area, part of the Flamencos National Reservoir, you have to go through the Jama crossing by the ch-27 route towards Bolivia. Enjoy the journey to the Monjes de la Pacana, while the Licancabur volcano says farewell when reaching 4500 meters above sea level, where the reddish mountains and the Quepiaco wetland are part of the fascinating landscape.
On the journey you’ll find vicuñas and flamingos walking free on a landscape where these guardians rise whimsically on an adventure you can connect with the desert’s purest state.
Finish your journey on the Tara Salt Flat, natural scenery located higher than the Tatio Geysers. You can also visit the Tara Cathedral, a formidable rock formation mass in the middle of the desert.
The road doesn’t has signs and you must follow the tire marks, which delivers an adventure and mystery sense that goes together with the magic of the Atacama Desert and the Monjes de la Pacama taking care of it.
* Reference from airports in Santiago (SCL)