The Atacama desert is a plateau in South America, covering a 1000 kilometre strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. Regarded as the driest hot desert in the world, the Atacama is composed mostly of salt lakes, sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes. In August 2013 I returned to Chile for an overland tour trough Chile's Atacama desert.
Campsite, Salar de Surire, Arica y Parinacota region, Northern Chile
El Tatio geyser field, 4320m, Andes Mountains, Northern Chile
Pomerape, 6232m, and Parinacota, 6348m, seen from Guane Guane, 5097m, Lauca National Park, Northern Chile
ATACAMA DESERT TOUR, 2013
On my tour trough Chile's northern desert I visited the regions 'capital' San Pedro de Atacama and it's surrounding area, including the 'Valley of the Moon' and the El Tatio geyser field. I camped at the Salar de Surire and climbed up Guane Guane, 5097m, in Lauca National Park to enjoy great views of volcano Parinacota.
This tour in August 2013 was organized by Hauser Exkursionen, Germany and led by the German tour guide Steffen Welsch and the Argentinean tour guide Carola Andrea Jozwicki.
Standing on top of Guane Guane peak (5097m) and enjoying great views of glacier-covered volcano Parinacota in Lauca National Park