Atacama Salt Flat is the biggest salt deposit in Chile. It has a rough white surface below which there is a large salt lake. The salt flat has a surface area of 750,000 acres (300,000 km2), which can be appreciated in its entirety thanks to the clarity of the air. However, this great visibility distorts one's perception of distance.

The lake under the salt flat has one of the largest lithium reserves in the world. This mineral is highly used in the technology industry, and it is exploited in the southern area of the flat. This salt layer has holes which have become small lagoons which are home to a number of aquatic birds, such as flamingoes, red-gartered coots, and guallatas. There are also fauna species like the Chilean and the Andean Flamingo, Puna Plover, Hudson Mohawk, Andean Seagull, Austral Negrito, Burrowing Owl, and some types of Swallow.

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These are the best programs we have selected to visit Atacama Salt Flat.

  • The best of San Pedro de Atacama - Full

    The best of San Pedro de Atacama - Full6 Days

    Come to visit San Pedro de Atacama and the Chilean altiplan in a travel package of 6 days. Visit the Moon Valley, altiplanic (Miscanti…

    FromCLP $347.000per person

    FromUS$540per person

  • Travel package to visit the best of Chile

    Travel package to visit the best of Chile14 Days

    Come and see the best of Chile in a travel package of 14 days. We will visit San Pedro de Atacama and will make excursions to the altiplano…

    FromCLP $1.562.500per person

    FromUS$2.410per person

What to do in Atacama Salt Flat

These are some of the activities you can do in Atacama Salt Flat.

  • Tour Salar de Atacama and Toconao

    Tour Salar de Atacama and Toconao4 Hours

    Tour to visit the Atacama Salar, Chaxa lagoon in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and visit Toconao, a village that has a human data…

    FromCLP $34.900per person

    FromUS$53per person

Hotels close to Atacama Salt Flat

  • Hotel Tierra Atacama 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 4,7 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel Tierra Atacama

    Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa allows you to connect with the natural wonders of Atacama Desert, enjoying the maximum relaxation and comfort.

    FromUS$600

  • Hotel La Casa De Don Tomas 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 4,9 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel La Casa De Don Tomas

    Here the earth -colors of the world´s driest desert appear like a shimmering mosaic. The shining green of the valley cuts trough the…

    FromUS$159

  • Cumbres San Pedro De Atacama 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 5,4 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Cumbres San Pedro De Atacama

    Cumbres Hotel & Spa in San Pedro de Atacama, has changed our perception of the desert. A large citadel has arisen under the watchful…

    FromCLP $250.852

    FromUS$375

  • Hotel Poblado Kimal 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 5,5 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel Poblado Kimal

    Poblado Kimal is located in a shady orchard, in the historical centre of San Pedro de Atacama which is an ancient oasis town. This…

    FromCLP $113.000

    FromUS$190

  • Hotel Kimal 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 5,5 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel Kimal

    Among the diverse land formations of this desert there is a labyrinth of adobe and volcanic stone structures called the Kimal Hotel.…

    FromCLP $131.000

    FromUS$220

  • Terrantai Lodge Andino 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 5,6 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Terrantai Lodge Andino

    Adex-Chile is a tour operator specialized in the Atacama desert, located in North of Chile, and other locations across the border.…

    FromCLP $145.000

    FromUS$220

  • Hotel Altiplanico San Pedro De Atacama 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 6,0 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel Altiplanico San Pedro De Atacama

    Hotel Altiplanico is a place for reflection where you can experience the immensity of the Atacama Desert. Well located on spacious…

    FromCLP $120.000

    FromUS$240

  • Hotel Alto Atacama 

    San Pedro de Atacama, at 7 mi from Atacama Salt Flat

    Hotel Alto Atacama

    Surrounded and embraced by the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountain range) and close to the pre-columbian ruins of Quitor, Alto Atacama…

    FromCLP $600.000

    FromUS$1.300

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