Experience a place unlike any other in the high, arid plains of northern Chile. Where this thin, coastal sliver of the South American Pacific meets Bolivia’s border is a seemingly impossible landscape, an otherworldly realm where the land appears to marry the moon, the stars and all the layers that hide beneath the surface of the earth. This is the Atacama Desert, a remote wilderness that captivates visitors with its vast desert plains, volcanic peaks, glistening white salt flats, undulating pink and orange rock and sand formations, icy turquoise lagoons and idyllic beaches. Atacama’s greatest secret is that, despite appearing deserted and inhospitable, it’s actually home to a surprising array of wildlife, flora and fauna. The Chinchorro, an ancient culture that traded with the Inca in Peru, also called the Atacama home nearly 8000 years ago, their legacy visible in the mummies that remain.
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