Top 10: Most Amazing Places To Visit In South America
9. ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE
Stretching 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) in northern Chile, the Atacama Desert rises from a thin coastal shelf to the pampas, virtually lifeless plains that dip down to river gorges layered with mineral sediments from the Andes. At its center, the Atacama is known as the driest place on Earth. There are sterile, intimidating stretches where rain has never been recorded, at least as long as humans have measured it. Fiery red canyons, grassy gorges, turquoise thermal lakes, cerulean lagoons, and geysers give this arid lunar landscape an otherworldly appearance. The crystal-clear skies, high altitudes and zero light pollution also make it an unparalleled stargazing haven.