Chile & Bolivia

My first visit to South America in June 2016 brought me to desert lands and high altitude.

The Atacama Desert in Chile is said to be the driest desert in the world. I spent a few days in the region of San Pedro de Atacama to get acclimatised to high altitude for my following trip to the Altiplano in Bolivia. The dry and stony Atacama Desert is in a volcanic region and has many spectacular geological sites.

The second part of the trip brought me to the southern part of the Altiplano in Bolivia.  The Altiplano is a high plateau in the central Andes and I spent a week up at an altitude between 3'400-4'800m.  It is a hostile, rough landscape at high altitude, very dry and very cold at night - but also extremely beautiful. The highlight, the Salar de Uyuni - the world's largest salt flat (more than 10'000km2) - felt like a place out of this world and I am sure this was not my last visit.