Discover Salar de Tara! It’s a very unique geographical spot nestled in the middle of the Andean high plateau mountains. Located 150 kilometers (93.2 mi) to the west of San Pedro de Atacama, within Los Flamencos National Reserve, this salt flat is at 4.300 mts (14.000 feet) m.a.s.l., near the borders where Bolivia, Chile and Argentina meet.
Take the finest pictures at Catedral de Tara (also called Ash Cathedrals); an enormous rock wall in the middle of the desert that once surrounded an ancient volcanic crater. It adds to the beautiful landscape behind the salt flat. If you´re lucky, you will come across native animal species of the Altiplano, such as vicuñas, the Andean fox (zorro culpeo), chorlos de puna (the Puna plover), jargon ducks and flamingos, among other animals.
You will also be amazed when you pass by Monjes de la Pacana (Pacana Monks). These rock formations have been sculpted by the erosion of the wind and stand tall, giving the impression that they are guardians of the Aguas Calientes Salt Flat, where wild birds of the area go feed.
Enjoy the immensity and the silence of the high plateau mountain tops and let yourself be blown away by the natural beauty of the Salar de Tara in the Atacama Desert, a must-see destination during your trip to northern Chile. It’s perhaps one of the best secrets places to visit near San Pedro de Atacama.
* Reference from airports in Santiago (SCL)