Toconao Tourism & Travel Guide

Four inches of rain every thousand years, the Atacama desert in Chile is the driest desert in the world....

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Laguna Cejar

Cejar Lagoon is located on the altiplane Andino Del Norte de Chile in the place called Salar de Atacama – Atacama Salt Flat. The lagoon was formed by the progressive accumulation of salts precipitated from an old salt lake. The beautiful blue waters amidst the salt flats makes for an oil painting. All the lagoons here appeared slowly – they are of volcanic origin. The water there is from the rain and, partly, the subterranean water. You can see some flamingos, ducks or if you are lucky, a fox as well. With the Sun, the Cejar and Piedra lagoon change their color to turquoise blue. In between the lagoons in the back, you can find healing mud and use it for your body to get a smoother skin like I did.
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Toconao, a traditional village, so called Hidden Valley, located at 2,485 m above sea level is characterized by its liparita buildings (white soft stone of volcanic origin.) Its first inhabitants came here approx. 11,000 years BC. Nowadays, around 700 inhabitants live in Toconao and they practice ancient traditions and customs and many activities to stay connected with the environment that surrounds them (mountains, animals, water, earth, sun, vegetation). The nicest parts of the town are its square, church and San Lucas bell tower built of stone and mud in 1750.
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