At over 4000 m altitude, these lakes are in a completely different climate to San Pedro below. The altiplanico is much more humid and while that means you are likely to experience rain and snow in certain seasons, the area is also alive with color and wildlife. The pastel-colored backdrop is picture perfect with the large blue lagoons and volcanoes in the distance. The largest of the lagoons is Miscanti, at 4,350-meter-high (14,270-foot-high), which merits a few moments of contemplation and is one of the prettiest spots in Atacama (on a sunny day). Miñeques is home to many birds, occasionally flamingos, and is perfect for some wildlife spotting. The altiplanico lakes are usually a full day excursion from San Pedro.
Laguna Miscanti, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000, Chile