Ojos del Salar

San Pedro de Atacama


In the middle of the Atacama Salt Flat, 30 kilometers south of the town of San Pedro, we find this small oasis of fresh and deep waters. There are two lagoons in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by salt and some pastures that foxes and flamingos use as a hiding place. Nearby, there are no signs or fences to warn of the existence of these blue wells, which makes us think of the poor distracted souls who have surely accidentally fallen into their waters. Of the two lagoons, only one is enabled for tourist bathing and it is the one we behold defiantly from the shore, ready in our swimsuits. The adrenaline flowing through our veins propels us and with a great jump we finally plunge into a ten-foot free fall into some dark waters which, according to what they say on these sides, are bottomless.