The Atacama Desert is a beautiful place. Laguna Cejar is a mini tour if you are staying in San Pedro for a few days.
When I was in San Pedro, I didn’t have a chance to hop over to Bolivia to see the famous salt flats. That is an adventure that will have to wait for another day. I did, however, see some salty things in Chile.
A short tour that I did was to the Laguna Cejar. It is a small salty lagoon in the high altitude Atacama Desert. The Atacama is the highest altitude desert in the world. Also the driest. The lagoon itself is at 2,500 m above sea level. Did you know all that?
The tour van left San Pedro in the afternoon, when unfortunately the weather was not the most friendly. It was very windy, the sky was dark, and it was winter, so I was annoyingly cold.
We sped through the desert and soon arrived at the Laguna Cejar.
The driver probably explained some things about the lagoon, and probably in Spanish. I can’t understand Spanish, so I wandered around on my own. Despite the cold wind, the Laguna Cejar was kind of pretty to look at. The banks were white crunchy salt, and then it seemed to drop off suddenly into a dark blue pit.
It is possible to swim/float in the lake. But remember, it was winter. Also, I didn’t have a swim suit, and I was not interested in taking my clothes off. A few other people were brave enough to strip down and jump into the salty water. While the water probably wasn’t cold, I can’t imagine that it would be super warm either.
Meanwhile the brooding sky contrasted nicely with the white banks, so I guess it wasn’t all bad. And the sky never opened up directly on us.
I walked around the Laguna Cejar for a few minutes exploring the landscape.
The mountains and volcanoes in the backdrop were very beautiful, though they were a bit shaded with clouds. The sunlight cast some lovely rays as well. I even saw a rainbow. Some day I will need to write a post about how many times I have made it rain when I went to the desert.
The entire tour itself was just alright. I mean, I’m always up to see something I’ve never seen before, but some people might find the location disappointing. Especially because this is not the lagoon with the flamingoes. Not sure why I didn’t choose that one instead…
I don’t remember how much the tour or entrance fee cost, but there seem to a lot of people online complaining that it is too expensive. So if you are considering Laguna Cejar, do your research first. There may be other things you would rather see in and around San Pedro.
Anyway, I didn’t find it disappointing.
Have you ever had an enjoyable experience at a place others were not impressed with? Let me know in the comment section below!