Just 50 kilometres north of the ALMA Observatory, which is situated in the middle of the Atacama Desert, one can find this beautiful oasis of life. Salar de Tara (Tara Salt Flat) is a designated wetland of international importance. It features both permanent and seasonal lakes. The largest of these is Tara Lake, which is fed by the Zapaleri River. This is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, that covers a total area of 740 square kilometers and consists of seven separate sections.