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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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  • Bearing in mind that you're in the desert, you can enjoy the fascinating spectacle that provide their landscapes with a dazzling and admiring the greatness of his reliefs charm and the charm of the Andean peoples.
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  • You have a lot to discover in this desert, San Pedro de Atacama is the most popular place, but don't hesitate to visit Llullaillaco park or Alto loa villages  more »
  • My opinion may be a little lightly why always gone quickly for work, however I could do an idea and there is not even a cactus to fail the eternal view of coffee / yellow on the floor. Many people that like it, but to me that yellow eternity I tired
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