Desert Travel

Deserts are arid regions,​ generally receiving less than ten inches of​ precipitation a​ year,​ or​ regions where the​ potential evaporation rate is​ twice as​ great as​ the​ precipitation.

The world's deserts are divided into four categories. Subtropical deserts which are the​ hottest,​ with parched terrain and rapid evaporation. Although cool coastal deserts are located within the​ same latitudes as​ subtropical deserts,​ the​ average temperature is​ much cooler because of​ frigid offshore ocean currents. Cold winter deserts are marked by stark temperature differences from season to​ season,​ ranging from 100° F (38° C) in​ the​ summer to​ 10° F (–12° C) in​ the​ winter. Polar Regions are also considered to​ be deserts because nearly all moisture in​ these areas is​ locked up in​ the​ form of​ ice.

ATACAMA DESERT: North of​ Chile

The Atacama Desert,​ in​ the​ north of​ Chile,​ is​ the​ driest place on​ earth. it​ stretches from the​ highlands of​ the​ Andean Altiplano over the​ golden sands of​ the​ Atacama Desert as​ far as​ the​ shores of​ the​ Pacific Ocean. This is​ the​ place for those in​ search of​ adventure with its breathtaking salt flats,​ geysers and Andean volcanos,​

The desert is​ so dramatic that,​ at​ first sight,​ it​ appears never to​ have sustained any life. However,​ pink flamingoes together with Alpacas,​ Llamas,​ Vicunas and many other species of​ fauna and flora can be found living in​ perfect harmony in​ the​ many oases and lakes located in​ the​ area.

Travelling north,​ view the​ Atacama Salar,​ with its 300.000 hectares of​ territory,​ the​ oasis-town of​ San Pedro de Atacama,​ which is​ the​ tourist capital of​ the​ Chilean north,​ due to​ its natural wonders. the​ Moon Valley,​ with its geological rocks formations,​ the​ geysers of​ Tatio,​ altiplanic valleys and lakes (at 4.000 meters of​ altitude),​ canyons and the​ historic towns like Toconao that has all the​ houses constructed out of​ the​ local linarite stone. on​ the​ way is​ the​ breathtaking Atacama Salt Lake,​ which is​ over 1,​000 kilometers long.

Besides,​ there is​ an​ argueological museum that was built by a​ Belgian priest,​ who gathered numerous arqueological vestiges,​ such as​ pottery and mummies,​ which are witnesses of​ the​ history in​ this region.These are museums which record man’s presence over the​ last 10,​000 years besides this there is​ sea and long sandy beaches,​ relaxation and entertainment in​ casinos,​ restaurants and hotels,​ and above all the​ friendly hospitality of​ the​ Chilean people.

It gets cold once the​ sun goes down and during the​ day it​ can be extremely very hot.

The climate is​ magnificent throughout the​ year. During winter (June,​ July and August) the​ average daytime temperature varies between 9ºC (48ºF) and 24ºC (75ºF); days are very pleasant,​ inviting you​ to​ lay in​ the​ sun’s corridors. in​ summer (January,​ February and March) the​ average daytime temperature fluctuates between 13ºC (55ºF) and 25ºC (77ºF),​ reaching maximums of​ 32ºC (90ºF): a​ warmer climate inviting you​ to​ a​ good "siesta" before the​ evening explorations begin. Between January and March,​ the​ so called Altiplanic Winter comes with occasional showers.
Desert Travel Desert Travel Reviewed by Henda Yesti on July 23, 2018 Rating: 5

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