The Atacama Desert of Chile, this is a short photo report from this unforgettable place. Of course, I can't go around the whole desert, and I don't have to. It extends to Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. I chose a small town called San Pedro de Atacama because there is an airport in the neighboring town, so it is very convenient. The town is 2,400 meters above sea level and no one knows what to do there. If there are no tourists, I can safely say that it will be deserted. Most of the places I visited in a few days are at 4000 meters above sea level, even above. The views are alien! I was lucky to arrive one day after the snowfall - a very rare occurrence there.
The first thing I want to share is that if someone still wants to visit them, it is good to know about altitude sickness. Especially for those who are sensitive to it. Well it feels great, especially when you cross the border of 4000 meters altitude. You start to gasp, sometimes you feel sick and have a headache. You know, you've been warned. Also, don't be fooled into cycling. True, it is the cheapest option, but the heat is great, it is very dusty, why cause it. Rent a motorbike for 6 hours is paid 10 dollars. The places for panoramic photos, as the locals call them mirador in translation observation decks are quite close to each other, so there is a choice. Another interesting attraction is Torrest del paine national park.
Los Flamencos National Park is located in northern Chile, near the border with Argentina. As in most deserts, where we visited, it is cold at night and hot during the day. Despite the harsh living conditions at Miscanti Lagoon and Miniques Lagoon, we saw a flamingo and a Culpeo fox. These two lagoons are 4300 meters above sea level. In one of the photos you will see in the distance the volcano Miniques. You can't climb it in one day because although it can be seen to be close, it is actually 5900 meters high.
Another interesting landmark is the so-called The monks of Pakana. Huge rock formations that rise to the bare landscape. Wind erosion has made them look very unnatural. They are located near the Salar de Aguas Calientes.
El Tatio Geysers, the highest geysers in the world. Periodically erupt at a height of 5 to 30 meters. The water is about 60-80 degrees Celsius and contains sodium chloride, iodine, boron, potassium and others. There are also hot springs nearby where you can take a bath. The water there is bearable, but still quite hot.
Salar de Aguas Calientes, these are salt pans in the Tara Plain. They are located in a large area in the Atacama Chile and neighboring Argentina at an altitude of about 4100 meters. Several rivers flow into them, but because the water is very salty, they do not freeze in winter. Their view is quite impressive against the background of the cloudless sky. Prices for visits are not high, ranging between 10 and 20 dollars. There is an option to join an organized excursion at the local level. Includes breakfast and lunch and costs $ 65.