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Lagoon Tebinquiche in the Atacama Desert

Laguna Cejar & Salar de Atacama

The day begins by heading south from San Pedro de Atacama to Cejar Lagoon (the floating lagoon). This small lagoon has impressive white edges of crystallised salt and is intensely turquoise in colour, providing a home for flamingos and tagua birds. It's also a nice place for a swim as the salt allows the body to float.

After a dip you will head on to the Salar de Atacama visiting the picturesque village of Toconao en route. The houses, church and bell tower of the village are built of white volcanic stone which lends the town its unique appearance.

You arrive at Salar de Atacama, the world's largest salt lake. Rich in minerals including borax and lithium, it is home to various species of birds including flamingos.

The Laguna Chaxa, part of the Reserva Nacional de Flamingos, offers a wonderful opportunity to get closer to these beautiful birds in their natural habitat.

The day will end back in San Pedro.

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Other experiences in San Pedro de Atacama

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Astronomical Tour
    Sunrise, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

    Astronomical Tour

    Astronomical Tour

    Join a shared excursion to observe the vast night skies of the Atacama Desert. The altitude of the town as well as the remote location makes this one of the best spots for astronomy, for both amateurs and experts alike.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.