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Desierto de Atacama, Antofagasta

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The driest non-polar desert in the world, Desierto de Atacama remains one of the harshest environments on the planet. Extreme and otherworldly, with barren topography and stony terrain, the desert has been used to film scenes in movies set on Mars. The area hosts a surprising variety of animals and plant life, with several species of bird--including flamingos and hummingbirds-- found around the salt flats. Roads connect most of the major attractions, and a range of tour options are available to visitors looking for a dash of adventure. The conditions are harsh, but it is this very harshness that makes the desert such a memorable place to visit. Put Desierto de Atacama at the forefront of your travel plans using our Antofagasta holiday planner.
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  • Is imposing through one of those deserts more aggregates of the world, very beautiful, an experience unforgettable.
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  • The Atacama desert is a place that offers space and views very different from each other. Totally arid and rocky areas that appear dark, some completely covered by vegetation yellow color covering whole mountains, enough to seem like a wallpaper from desktop! Dating lots of animals so special and beautiful, colorful rocks and other completely white, pink and orange-colored landscapes. Even the night desert offers unimaginable, just raise his eyes to heaven s be watching a milky clear, wonderful, from gape ex the sky full of stars. The Atacama desert is a must.
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  • I recommend booking at least 4 days to do the activities that this place offers, people it is very helpful at all times and the town of San Pedro de Atacama is beautiful and is quiet and total peace, the desert and everything else that you can visit is simply amazing, you have to be there to understand it, is one of those things that one has to live before you die.
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  • It is a modern space for cultural diffusion. Interesting architecture
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  • Excellent panorama the Museum, attend Super well and them children it spend Super well run play investigate is a place to relax is and enjoy of a huge space for them children and with much content scientific anthropological and archaeological very accessible in the price and is something that one can go Looooong vecs and each time it passes best
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  • There I discovered q the coastal edge of antofagasta was 10 km offshore...
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  • Regional Heritage Museum, visit!
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