Breathtaking destinations I : Salar de Surire Natural Monument

Salar de Surire, Pink Lagoon
Andean fox (Lycalopex culpaeus)

At 4,200 m (13,776 ft) above sea level, the air is a scarce and sometimes treacherous companion. nausea, headache and poor sleep are signs of lack of oxygen in these latitudes. However, this monument has amazing landscapes, many species of wildlife, including the ñandú, flamingos, and species of llama including vicuñas and alpacas, which can heal any discomfort.

If the lack of oxygen can result difficult, the temperature is a big deal. Temperature oscillates between -15ºC (5ºF) at night and 5ºC (41ºF) during the day. Maybe, this two factor, altitude and extremes temperature, are the ingredients to maintain one of the most beautiful places in the Chilean Altiplano. The name Surire comes from the word "suri" or ñandú, a species of Chilean ostrich that lives in the zone and can be observed running through of this incredible natural monument.

Despite this natural advantages, this area does not have enough facilities for developing a good touristic activity such as hiking, biking or mountaineering. In this sense, it is necessary take measure to improve trails, shelters or information panels.