Tara Salt Flat is an outstanding natural landscape set in the crater of Vilama Volcano. Located within Los Flamencos National Reserve, the salt flat is home to outstanding native wildlife including herds of llamas, Andean foxes, large flocks of flamingos, and other species.
On this full day tour, you’ll trek along the slopes of the volcano and look out over the massive expanse of desert. On this small group tour you’ll get away from the hustle and bustle of the areas other attractions and experience the serene and beautiful Tara Salt Flats.
Duration: 8:00 am – 16:00 pm
Start/End Location: Pick-up/Drop-off at hotel in San Pedro de Atacama
Altitude: High. Over 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level.
Tour Size: Small group (4-15 travelers)
In the morning, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and we’ll travel towards the mountains to take the international road that connects to Argentina through the Paso de Jama pass. The drive is extremely scenic and will take you through a wetland by the Quepiaco River.
Your guide will explain the unique geography here between the mountain range and the river. You’ll get the chance to stretch your legs and even spot different species of birds like flamingos, coots, and ducks. You’ll continue to Monks Pecan an area with remnants of volcanic sediments eroded by wind and water. You’ll feel the remoteness and the grandness of the landscapes here. Finally, you’ll arrival at the Tara Salt Flats and get the chance to go on a small hike around the base of the volcanos.
Please note that in order to reserve this tour, we need to pay the operator immediately, so all bookings are final. If you have any questions before booking or want to confirm a certain date, please email us at email@example.com.
Altitude: This hike occurs at high altitude (13,000 feet/4,000 meters). To avoid altitude sickness, stay hydrated, bring healthy sugary snacks, and avoid alcoholic drinks the night before the hike. We recommend an acclimation period of at least 2 days at high altitude before making this trek.
Restrictions: This excursion is not recommended for people who suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease. Pregnant women and children younger than 4 years old should not take this tour.
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