Sands of the Atacama Desert, Chile

atacama desert sandThe Atacama Desert of northern Chile is the driest place on earth. In some places, it hasn't rained in over 400 years. In general, it looks like this, although this is slightly unusual in that there are sparse patches of vegetation. We spent three days in the Atacama, and went all the way from the desert floor to a high plateau which featured geysers. The Atacama is a fascinating place to visit, especially given its exact opposite at the other end of Chile: southern Patagonia, which is one of the wettest places on earth.

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