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the most dry desert in the world

Published March 13th, 2012

Even here, above 5000 meters over the sea level, in the most dry desert of the world, the Atacama desert, life opens up his path against the cold, the dryness, the sun, the salty lagoons and an apparently food shortage. LIfe has leave his mark on this part of the world, with amazing colors, outstanding landscapes and unique is a miracle.

altiplano postcard

  • October 16th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 110mm / f/4.5 / 1/4000 sec


Flamingo dancing in the altiplano

  • October 16th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 300mm / f/5.6 / 1/4000 sec


Miscanti lagoon in chilean altiplano.
This is an amazing place, called "Lagunas Altiplánicas" in the middle of atacama desert, near to Andes mountains. The alttitude is near 4300 meters over the sea level, and despite of the sun in the picture the cold is so intense that only let you stay a few minutes out of the car before start to freeze!.

  • October 14th, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 18mm / f/9 / 1/160 sec

At the Top of th World....

In the chilean altiplano there is an amazing place called "Lagunas Altiplánicas". These are two lagoon at more than 4300 meters over the sea level, near the volcanos. The sunset here is amazing and so wind and the cold, in this case my hands were fronzen!!. But i think it worth the effort. I took this amazing picture of this place facing two great volcanoes "Leña and Lejia"... and the entrance road to the lagoons.

  • October 14th, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 62mm / f/9 / 1/200 sec


Flamingoes flying in the Atacama desert.

  • October 13th, 2011
  • Nikon D7000
  • 300mm / f/5.6 / 1/3200 sec


  • January 9th, 2010
  • Nikon D90
  • 300mm / f/5.6 / 1/2000 sec

Miscanti y Miñiques

Laguna Miscanti (Chile).

  • February 22nd, 2007
  • Nikon D50
  • 55mm / f/22 / 1/125 sec

the observer

San Pedro de Atacama (Chile).
Sunset in the Coyote's rock, near San Pedro de Atacama.

  • January 11th, 2010
  • Nikon D90
  • 20mm / f/8 / 1/80 sec

High Hopes

Salar de Tara (Chile).
Near the border with Argentina and Bolivia, and over 4500 meters above the sea level is located the amazing "Salar de Tara", a salt flat in chilean altiplano.

  • January 11th, 2010
  • Nikon D90
  • 18mm / f/9 / 1/250 sec

do it the hard way

  • October 16th, 2011
  • Nikon D90
  • 300mm / f/5.6 / 1/3200 sec


In the middle of the Atacama desert in Chile, there is a lagoon called "Santa Rosa". Despite the cold, the altitude, the desert, life opens his way through...

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Jeff Peters (inactive)  over 6 years ago

Good and interesting story. Well done!

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Enrico Frascati  over 6 years ago

This place is breath-taking gorgeous... and so are your pictures! Thanks for sharing!