Today I’m featuring a picture taken on in the Atacama Desert in Chile by Ana Pimenta from Konigi Blog. Konigi means “share” in the universal language of Esperanto.
I chose this picture because I myself been in Chile very shortly and really missed a lot of beautiful sites.
I guess there is only one thing that can be done about it, I need to visit again very soon!
Ana Pimenta and Joao Alexandre are a Portuguese couple living abroad since 2013.
Photo Story: Atacama Desert
This photo was taken after more than 4 months driving across Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.
Expectations were high when we crossed (again!) the border from Argentina to Chile.
After all, Atacama is the driest place on Earth, the oldest desert on the Planet and it is used to test instruments for future Mars missions – what can someone expect from a place with all these hits?
The Atacama didn’t disappoint us and one of our favourite places was to drive this road: from the El Tatio geysers to San Pedro de Atacama town. A mix of desert, mountains and wildlife. And the best part?
We were the only ones driving it, the only ones crossing this beautiful landscape. All the tours were already gone and they left the place incredibly lonely. Just for us.
So after exploring the geysers of El Tatio for more than two hours without other tourists, we still had to drive this road.
Another highlight of this trip where we saw absolutely gorgeous landscapes! Volcanoes, mountains, green fields, lakes, salt flats… and on top of that: vicuñas, flamingos, ducks and other birds!
The Atacama Desert is a plateau in South America, covering a 1000-km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains.
It is the driest desert in the world, as well as the only true desert to receive less precipitation than the polar deserts.
Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes.
The desert owes its extreme aridity to a constant temperature inversion due to the cool north-flowing Humboldt ocean current, and to the presence of the strong Pacific anticyclone.
The most arid region of the Atacama desert is situated between two mountain chains (the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range) of sufficient height to prevent moisture advectionfrom either the Pacific or the Atlantic Oceans, a two-sided rain shadow.
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