Salar de Pedernales, Chile

Postcard: Salar de Pedernales, Chile

A famous salt flat and one of the 10 most known and popular tourist attractions in Chile.

  • It is located in the Atacama region in the north of Chile.
  • It is nestled in the middle of the Domeyko and Claudio Gay mountain ranges.
  • It is at 3.346 meters above sea level.
  • It corresponds to a vast extension of salt flats located in a depression between mountains, forming lagoons with turquoise blue waters on its inner margins.
  • It used to be a much larger lake, but now due to extensive climate changes it has turned into a rather salt flat.
  • It is home to Andean, Chilean and James flamingos.
  • It is characterized by being surrounded by hills where marine fossil remains have been found, among which are Doña Inés Volcano, Los Gemelos and Blanco.
  • It is unique for its greyish salt crust.
  • It is also one of the few salt flats in the world that are actually swimmable.

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