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Published: April 16th 2010
Just across the border
Chile - 6 Days - 29th March-3rd April
I crossed the border with Peru and arrived in Arica, where I spent a day on the beach, waiting for a bus. I didn't stay long in Chile as it was quite expensive but I did spend 6 glorious days.
From Arica I went to San Pedro de Atacama via Calama and spent 3 days touring the driest desert in the world, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications.
I loved the Atacama desert area, with it's spectacular scenery and thermal activity. It is a virtually rainless plateau west of the Andes Mountains, composed mostly of salt basins (salares), sand, and lava flows.
I left Chile when I crossed the Andes and reached Salta, Argentina.
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