After an invigorating breakfast, we visit the Atacama Salt Flats and Chaxa Lagoon. On our way, we stop in the indigenous village of Toconao, where we visit the plaza and church. We then reach the Salar de Atacama, Chile´s largest salt flat, which originated millions of years ago by the upheaval of the Andes and the Domeyko cordillera. The octagonal salt crusts in the middle of the world’s driest desert are truly an impressive sight. Here we can also observe three different species of flamingos, which feed on salt brine.
In the afternoon we visit the Moon Valley. It is located about 18 km (11 mi) west of San Pedro de Atacama and part of the nature reserve Los Flamencos, which is co-administered by indigenous communities. This unreal place, one of the most spectacular in the Atacama Desert, owes its name to the unique geological formations that resemble a lunar landscape. We explore this beautiful landscape and visit the strange creatures that nature has created from salt and clay.
Overnight stay: Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama