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Backpacker Magazine – March 2009
If your going to Chile's Atacama Desert, don't forget the sunscreen.
Biggest Cave | Scariest Predator | Driest Desert | Hottest Geysers | Largest Glacier | Higest Peak | Tallest Tree | Highest Biodiversity | Largest Primate | Most Active Volcano | Strangest Rock Formation | Biggest Bear | Largest Crater | Farthest Migrator | Tallest WaterfallWhat These ecosystems are defined by dryness, not heat–and some of the stark salt flats and sand dunes that form South America's Atacama Desert have gone 40 years without a drop of rain. Parts of the landscape are so mind-bogglingly barren that NASA has tested Mars-exploration technology here. But the Atacama also has its oases: lakes harboring flocks of flamingos, geysers, and the Cordillera de la Sal mountains (minerals in the rock give them a signature white hue).
Where Atacama Desert, Chile. From the town of San Pedro, begin a 10-day trip crisscrossing the region's volcanoes, dunes, canyons, and lakes on horseback. hiddentrails.com