Holidays in Chaxa Lagoon

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Chaxa Lagoon showing a lake or waterhole, bird life and mountains

Marvel at the scores of pink flamingos and other birds that manage to live next to this remarkable lagoon in the salt desert.

Chaxa Lagoon is an extraordinary pool of water in the middle of a salt desert. Come here early in the day to watch a pink hue from the light of the sunrise over the salty water. The pool is home to countless wild flamingos, a sign that this is an entry point to the National Flamingo Reserve. Tour the lagoon to learn about the birds, their ecosystem and the lagoon’s geological implications.

Use your camera’s zoom function to capture photos of the numerous flamingos. Three species of flamingo reside here: the James, the Andean and the Chilean. Spot other types of birds, such as the Andean avocet and the sandpiper, which preys on tiny creatures in the water.

The long, flat terrain surrounding the lagoon yields spectacular sunrises and sunsets that seem to last forever. Flamingos and other birds are most active at these times of day. Stay for the sunset to take photos of the slowly approaching dusk. The salt plains also offer opportunities for trick shots of your family and friends in bizarre positions, due to the lack of other objects to use for distance perspective.

This site is near the Puilar and Barros Negros lagoons in the Soncor area of the National Flamingo Reserve.

The price of tours varies and depends on the length of your stay at the lagoon. You can also pay an entrance fee to enter the site on your own.

The Chaxa Lagoon is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast from the center of the village of San Pedro de Atacama. Rent a bike and cycle the journey via narrow roads and rugged terrain. It is about 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the Quelana section of the flamingo park, which is recognizable by its vast mixtures of salt crust and saline mud.

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151 Cheap Hotels Near Chaxa Lagoon

Noi Casa Atacama
Noi Casa Atacama
4.5 out of 5
The price is AU$462 per night from 7 Dec. to 7 Dec.
Located in the heart of San Pedro de Atacama, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church. Meteorite Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (162 reviews)
"The staff were friendly and helpful and created a great atmosphere. The place itself is beautiful. Far enough away from the village, but near enough for a casual walk. The tour with Francisco from the hotel, who was deeply knowledgeable about the area, was a highlight."

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2021

Noi Casa Atacama
Complejo Turistico El Toconar
Complejo Turistico El Toconar
2.5 out of 5
Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Jerez Valley and within 25 miles (40 km) of Chaxa Lagoon and Cejar Lagoon. R.P. Gustavo ...
3.5/5 Good! (11 reviews)
"Staff was very nice. Rooms clean. Beautiful area, a bit removed from the crowded San Pedro de Atacama town. Very quiet and peaceful."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2018

Complejo Turistico El Toconar
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
4 out of 5
The price is AU$506 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Situated in a rural location, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. R.P. Gustavo ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (294 reviews)
"Superb hotel & staff!"

Reviewed on 24 Dec. 2020

Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
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Complejo Turistico El Toconar
Complejo Turistico El Toconar
2.5 out of 5
Complejo Turistico El Toconar
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
4 out of 5
Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Noi Casa Atacama
Noi Casa Atacama
4.5 out of 5
Noi Casa Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
Nayara Alto Atacama
5 out of 5
Nayara Alto Atacama
Peumayen & Atacama Lodge
Peumayen & Atacama Lodge
3 out of 5
Peumayen & Atacama Lodge
Lodge & Expediciones Retour
Lodge & Expediciones Retour
2.5 out of 5
Lodge & Expediciones Retour
Lodge Quelana
Lodge Quelana
3 out of 5
Quelana 34, Solor, San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama
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Cielo Ancestral
Cielo Ancestral
3 out of 5
Ayllu de coyo, parcela 13, San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta
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Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
Laguna Tara con Cerro Quimal, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region
Gran Yali Atacama - 1500 m ² / Exclusive Country House
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