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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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  • Amazing and very different passage, worth knowing. Very dry region then it is necessary to take care of the nose (bleeds) and with the mouth leaving. To resolve needs a serum for the nose and lip balm.
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  • I lived right next, in Calama, and visited the desert on many occasions. It is magical, its sunsets are one of the best in the world. A saga of the wars is little for such a great show in sight. It's really like being on another planet.
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  • the desert, sn. Pedro of atacama, its neighboring places, all is increible.camping the grandparents, you can picnic, with pool and to stay in their igloos.
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Where to stay in Antofagasta

Though not yet seen as an international tourist destination, the northern city of Antofagasta has a welcome number of hotels and other accommodations. Head to the main coastal road to find some of the more popular high-rise hotels, offering rooms with sea views and onsite restaurants. The inland urban areas provide a good set of simple hotels, along with characterful boutiques and backpacker-friendly hostels. If planning on staying in the area for an extended period, consider renting an apartment in one of Antofagasta's main residential neighborhoods.
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