Atamaca Desert

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The Atacama is the driest desert in the world and covers the regions from the border with Peru to the north to the city of Copiapo to the south. In the east the natural border are the Andes and to the west the Pacific Ocean. This unique geographic combination is responsible for the early morning fog called “Camanchaca” by the locals. But sand and fog are not the only characteristics of the Atacama. Also salt lakes (Salar), steaming geysers and a diverse fauna can be found in this surreal and arid place. Many Atacameños (indigenous people) call the desert oasis home much like their ancestors have for centuries.