The Atacama Desert is a desert plateau in South America covering a 1,000 km strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes Mountains.
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Stretching over 1000 km from the Pacific coast, from the north of Chile to the border with Peru and Bolivia, the Atacama, the most arid desert in the world, attracts more and more adventurers every year. Why is this? Because the region offers a natural setting teeming with life that emerges in the immensity, between valleys, volcanoes, sumptuous oases, lagoons and summits of the great cordillera on the horizon.
The Atacama Desert is a hyperarid region of South America located between the South Pacific Ocean and the central volcanic zone of the Andes, in northern Chile and southernmost Peru.
The Atacama is known to be one of the driest regions on EarthNote . Indeed, some areas can be completely without rainfall for more than 50 years. It is a sheltering desert wedged between the Atacama Ocean Trench and the Andes Mountains. It is located in the north of the country and covers the region of Arica and Parinacota, the region of Tarapacá, the region of Antofagasta and the north of the Atacama region.
The Atacama Desert forms a terrestrial ecoregion defined by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), which belongs to the biome of deserts and xeric scrublands of the Neotropical ecozone. It includes the cities of Antofagasta, Calama, Arica, Iquique and Copiapó, all with more than 100,000 inhabitants.
To visit the Atacama Desert, you must first go to San Pedro de Atacama. Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta and Copiapó, as well as Calama have airports with daily domestic flights from Santiago de Chile. The closest airport to San Pedro is El Loa in Calama.
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