Chile-Atacama Desert

The Atacama desert is in northern Chile and is one of the driest places on earth.  It receives very little rainfall, although some water flows underground and feeds the salars (salt ponds) that are scattered over the desert area. The locations range in altitude from 7,500 feet to nearly 16,000 feet at the height of the altiplano. With the exotic Valle de Luna, the fascinating El Tatio geysers and dramatic volcanoes among its diverse features, the Atacama is one of the truly unique places on earth.

Tumisa volcano, SocaireCemetery, SocaireValle de Luna with Licancabur and Juriques in the backgroundTumisa volcano, Socairehigh on the altiplano with Licancabur and Juriques volcanoOn the altiplanoOn the altiplano, Pacana GuardiansValle de LunaValle de LunaValle de LunaMeniques Volcano overlooking Laguna MiscantiLaguna Miscanti with Chiliques (left) and Miscanti (center) VolcanosEl Tatio GeysersEl Tatio GeysersEl Tatio GeysersSalar de TalarSalar de TalarSalar de TalarLaguna TebinquincheFlamingoes, Salar de Aquas CalientesFlamingoes, Chaxa salt flatsFlamingoes, Chaxa salt flatsChaxa salt flatsLaguna TebinquincheValle de Luna with Licancabur and Juriques in the backgroundLicancabur and Juriques Volcanoes