Located in the North of Chile, the Atacama Desert is the driest desert of the world. It borders on Bolivia and Peru. There are ancient Indian ruins, hot springs, salt plains and fascinating geysers, the copper mine Chuquicamata and deserted ghost towns of the nitrate era.The graves were all not very deep and due to the dry air many mummies were conserved. Grave plunderer hoped to find any valuable things, but most of the time without success. The graves were all not very deep and due to the dry air many mummies were conserved. Grave plunderer hoped to find any valuable things, but most of the time without success. In the middle of the 19th century saltpetre sources were found and mined in the desert region, which was unnoticed so far. From this age we can still find many deserted villages and cemeteries. In 1879, the battle for the control of the nitrate mines began between Chile, Peru and Bolivia (“Nitrate War”) Starting from San Pedro de Atacama the journey leads up to the geysers. There in the Chilean Andes one can enjoy this natural spectacle from a view 4.000m height above sea level. Around 10 a.m. when the sun has risen completely there is nothing left to be seen from this natural spectacle. Get up early if you want to watch water bubble out of the volcano. The probably most interesting journey starts from San Pedro and leads up to the 100 geysers of el Tatio. You depart at 3 a.m., amounting 4000 m above sea level, to enjoy this spectacle of nature. The hot spray arises from the frozen earth and shoots high in the clear sky of the Chilean Andes. not just dessert ...Chile - Atacama
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