Visit to the Tara Salt Flat
Among the most famous rock formations on the Salar de Tara, the Monks of La Pacana deserve special attention. It is also worth highlighting another formation sculpted by time and which stands out in the landscape: the Guardian, as it is presented by the guides, is almost 20 meters high and reigns alone in a desert setting.
Another incredible point on the tour is where travelers can see the Tower Cathedrals, with other formations sculpted by the magical hands of nature.
Finally, the Salar de Tara is the pinnacle of the tour and where the exuberant beauty of nature reveals itself most impressively. It’s hard not to fall in love and become emotional when you reach this place.
In addition, majestic flamingos often display their pink hues near the travelers. It is crucial to maintain silence and honor the trail markings that outline the permissible path around the salt flat.
We have to remember that we are mere visitors and that we are in the midst of the natural habitat of several species. When you arrive at this destination, remember what a privilege it is to be there and how important it is to keep this place preserved.
Tips for your trip to the Tara Salt Flat
This is a high-altitude tour, reaching close to 5,000 meters above sea level, so it’s very important to be well prepared for low temperatures and strong winds. In the winter months, all precautions must be doubled. It’s also worth noting that even in the hottest months of the year it’s possible to encounter low temperatures on tours like this.
Whenever we talk about high-altitude treks, our suggestion is that you dress in layers so that, if the temperature rises during the day, you can adapt to the day’s weather.
As the wind can be intense and interfere greatly with the thermal sensation, we recommend wearing windproof jackets and pants. As for footwear, we recommend sneakers or light hiking boots with a well-sealed finish, so you have more protection from the cold and also from the sand. Also remember gloves, caps and, if possible, scarves to protect you from the cold and wind.
It’s important to take a bottle of water with you to keep you hydrated throughout the day. The use of sunscreen and moisturizer for your skin, especially your lips, will make a big difference during the tour.
Photos of the Tara Salt Flat in the Atacama Desert
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“It's hard to think of Atacama without remembering the Salar de Tara. It feels like you're far away from everything and there's only nature around you. We managed to see flamingos and llamas near the salt flat and it was amazing... a worthwhile trip.”
Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante
“The Salar de Tara is one of the most impressive places in the Atacama Desert. It's one of the longest drives from San Pedro and the places you visit are incredible. The formations, the colors... the whole look is unique!”
Diogo Fernandespassionate about coffee and travel
“I visited the Salar de Tara on my first trip to the Atacama Desert and it was one of the reasons I loved this destination. The beauty of this place is unparalleled, it's like stepping into a painting.”
“The Salar de Tara is a place of indescribable beauty. I was afraid of the altitude, but it was an unforgettable and peaceful trip that I've never seen before. It's worth a visit when it's open again.”
“I've been to the Salar de Tara twice and I'd go back again and again. It's a magical and very special place. On the guided tour we had the opportunity to go to incredible viewpoints and spend a whole day exploring, just wonderful.”