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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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  • There is a spectacular view over the Atacama desert from a ridge 2 km from the center of Antofagasta. The viewpoint is called Ancla. One can see the desert disappearing in the ocean with the city of A...  more »
  • It is the second time that I come and the desert has always something new to give you, San Pedro de atacama is the ideal place if you want to travel and tour.
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  • I was delighted to meet him. Very good and interesting experience. Unlike any other. As a result of the height recommendations should be taken into account to avoid dizziness
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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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