|A path through the harsh salt flat|
In the midst of the Salar de Atacama is Laguna Chaxa, a shallow salt lake with volcanic backdrops in all directions, and home to a variety of wildlife, including three species of flamingos.
|A flamingo in flight|
|Some little field mice at the information centre|
We left the salt flat for the famous Altiplánico region of the Atacama, which is the high plateau 4000m above sea level. Here we visited Laguna Miscanti and Laguna Miñeques, famous for their birdlife, especially the six species of coots.
Our tour ended with stops in Toconao and Socaire, two oasis villages east of San Pedro. These villages use the traditional adobe style of building, securing volcanic stones with a mixture of mud and straw.
|The early colonial church in Socaire|
|Me and a very friendly llama!|