To the Lagunas Altiplanicas

Menique Lagoon at 4300m altitude close to the Argentinian border. Behind is Menique Volcano, as high as Kilimanjaro

115 km south east of San Pedro de Atacama are the two high altitude lagoons of Miscanti and Menique. The perfect end destination of today’s organised tour.

The lakes were formed less than a 1000 years ago when an eruption of Menique Volcano blocked the streams that used to run freely down from the Andes.

The silence is total and we’ve never been surrounded by so many volcanoes. A unique experience.

On the way we stopped at Chaka Lagoon with its crystallised salt formations
Miscanti – the larger of the two Lagoons –  in front of the active volcano of the same name

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