Chile is a popular destination for Brazilians, mainly for its relatively low cost. But, how about including one of the most beautiful regions on the planet in your itinerary?
If you are still scared to go to visit the Atacama Desert, simply because it is the most arid region on the whole planet, know that there you will find lots of adventure and amazing nature, breathtaking and win your heart.
An unforgettable trip that marks the lives of many people: this is the Atacama desert. But, despite all this, you are still not sure if this should be your next destination, see the reasons listed below!
1 – Flamingos
Although it is the most arid region in the world, the Atacama desert has a very different fauna, with incredibly beautiful animals.
One of these is the pink flamingo that you will have the opportunity to visit up close by visiting the famous “Lagunas” there.
2 – Vicunha
Another unmissable attraction of Atacama fauna is the traditional Vicunha, a species of llama characteristic of the Chilean desert.
Of all the Andean camels, this is the smallest, reaching a maximum of 1.30m and can weigh up to 40 kg.
Although it was almost extinct, today the number is growing and it is possible to find it also in Peru and western Bolivia.
3 – Laguna Meñique
In addition to the traditional fauna, the Atacama desert is also known for its amazing beauty.
A word that defines Laguna Meñique is tranquility, since the place is conducive to the contemplation of a caress of nature in the eyes.
4 – Moon Valley
This is one of the most popular tours in Atacama and is a region located in the Cordillera de Sal.
The salt, sand and rock formations surprise visitors, showing all the action of nature in sculpting these rocks that were once the bottom of the sea.
One option is to get to know the place by bicycle, as the ride is not difficult. However, there are several restricted areas since NASA usually conducts studies of a bacterium that survives in this inhospitable terrain.
5 – Geysers of Tatio
A geothermal field with numerous geysers that gush water vapor. The activity is more intense in the first minutes of the morning, so you must wake up early to see this wonder of nature.
In addition to enjoying the view, there are still warm pools in the area, with temperatures around 33 degrees.
6 – Laguna Cejar
And anyone who thinks that in the Atacama desert it is only possible to observe the magnificent nature, is very mistaken.
At Laguna Cejar, you can swim in highly saline water, as if you were in the Dead Sea, in the Middle East, which makes it easier to float.
7 – San Pedro de Atacama
The village that gives access to the Atacama desert also has a special charm and deserves our mention.
With accommodation options for all budgets, this village has an air of rusticity and simplicity that will win you over.
8 – Pukará de Quitor
If in addition to natural beauty, you are one of those tourists who love to know more about the history of the places you visit, then the Atacama desert may surprise you.
In the ruins of this pre-Columbian fortress the history of this place is rooted, with emphasis on the small museum and the beautiful views from the viewpoints.
9 – Salar do Tara
Located in the National Reserve of Flamingos, the Salar do Tara is not a very visited spot, but it has an impressive beauty.
In addition, there, it is possible to appreciate flamingos, vicuñas, guananacos, as well as beautiful landscapes corroded by the wind.
10 – Altiplanicas Lagoons
This is the name of one of the most famous tours in the Atacama desert, which stops at Laguna Miscanti – located at more than 4 thousand meters of altitude.
The intense blue and calm waters enchant tourists, as well as the various volcanoes that surround the scenery.
After these 10 reasons, are you already crazy to know the Atacama desert?
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