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San Pedro de Atacama is a town in Northern Chile and a popular destination among Chilean tourists and international visitors alike. Visitors come in large numbers, to use the town as a stepping stone to the amazing landscapes around it. Most attractions are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, perhaps Chile's most varied and amazing national park.

Los Flamenco National Reserve was created in 1990, it has a total surface of 182,82 acres and it is divides in seven sectors located within the commune of San Pedro de Atacama. Each sector has a relief, flora, fauna and different hydrograph system.

The salar (saline terrain) of Tara sector- Aguas Calientes (Hot Waters) is on the east of San Pedro de Atacama, to 5 hours trip. Here is the Salar and lagoon of Tara, the Zapaleri River, the Aguas Calientes salar and Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon). The animals that inhabit in this north area are the vicuna, culpeo fox and the flora is composed by the tola and amaia.

The sector of Salar Pujsa is located a little more to the south than the Tara – Aguas Calientes , like the previous one, the relief presents waved planes a depression intermountain and the Negro de Pujsa and Balle hills. The fauna is composed by vizcachas, chululos, flamenco, Γ±andΓΊes, condors and eaglets, among others.

sources: http://wikitravel.org/en/San_Pedro_de_Atacama

http://www.letsgochile.com/locations/big-north/antofagasta-ii/los-flamencos-national-reserve

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