Know Maricunga SaltLocated northeast of Copiapo, the Maricunga Salar was created a cross between the Claudio Gay and Domeyko Cordilleras. It has incredible attractions for tourists, like flamencos, Santa Rosa Lagoon (which belongs to the Nevado Tres Cruces National Park) and important topography, like the island hill in the middle of the salar.
Attractions: Fauna. Interesting topography and hidrography.
Activities: Trekking, high mountain tours, climbing, mountain bike, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
How to get there: Santiago, Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Calama-Copiapo: Airway.
Anywhere-Copiapo: Land route, by Route 5 North. Public and private transportation.
Argentina-Copiapo: Land route, through Paso San Francisco (280 kilometers from La Rioja, Argentina)
Copiapo-Maricunga Salar: Land route, by International Road.
When to go: All year long.
Weather: Desert weather. The temperature oscillates between day and night time, and the summer rain is more frequent with a high media of 14,8 milimeters. The high media temperature is 18,4ºC and the lowest is 4,9ºC.
Services: Outdoor activities.
Surroundings: Camino del Inca, Lamas River springs, Copiapo, Atacama desert, El Salvador, Santa Rosa Lagoon, Verde Lagoon, Nevado Tres Cruces National Park, Los Loros town, Maricunga town, Negro River springs, Totoral, Ojos del Salado Volcano.