Nacho and I recently visited the incredible Atacama Desert which is in Northern Chile and borders Bolivia. Many Chileans like to vacation here and I heard it was really beautiful, I just didn’t realize how amazing it would be.
One afternoon we went on a tour in Salar de Atacama, the second largest salt flat in the world! It was crazy driving through such an expansive area of land that looked like snow, but was actually salt. Adding to the cool factor of this landscape was coming across sink holes and lakes – the placement didn’t seem to make much sense.
Our first stop was Laguna Tebenquinche, a salt lake so shallow that we were able to walk out in the middle of it (with caution, salt can be really sharp). This laguna made for some pretty excited photo shoots.
Next, we stopped to observe Los Dos Ojos which are two round sink holes filled with salt water. The group was really excited to discover a great photo opp when standing on the opposite side of the hole where their reflections were as vivid as can be.
Lastly, we went to Laguna Cejar which is a sink hole lake with a salt concentration too high to swim in, but it reflected the mountains and sunset in the most majestic way I have ever seen. There were 2 other lagunas here: one was part of the Andean Flamingo reserve and the other was for swimming, or more like floating due to the high salt concentration. Nacho was loco enough to float in the laguna and it was great entertainment for me while everyone else in the area had layers of winter clothes on. He said it was the coldest water he’s ever been in. Oh, the things we do just to say we did them…
We ended the night with pisco sours, snacks and probably the most vibrant sunset I have ever seen. My love for salt was taken to another level on this tour 🙂