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Salar de Aguas Calientes photograph by Luis Soto Chile

Salar de Aguas Calientes
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Luis Soto

Country : Chile
Area : Salar de Aguas Calientes

Salar de Aguas Calientes, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

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Los Flamencos National Reserve

Los Flamencos National Reserve is a nature reserve located in the commune of San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region of northern Chile.[1] The reserve covers a total area of 740 square kilometres (180,000 acres) or 73,986 hectares in the Central Andean dry puna ecoregion[2] and consists of seven separate sections.

The reserve has a desert climate with the temperature varying dramatically between day and night. Rain is more frequent in summer, with an average high of 3 millimetres. The average temperature high is 24.5°C and the average low is 17.1°C.[3]

This area is made up of two salt flats: Tara at 23°05′S 67°15′W / 23.083°S 67.250°W / -23.083; -67.250, located 120 kilometres east of San Pedro de Atacama and 440 kilometres northeast of Antofagasta, and Aguas Calientes at 23°07′S 67°25′W / 23.117°S 67.417°W / -23.117; -67.417,[4] reaching an altitude of up to 4,860 meters above sea level.