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The Salar de Atacama in Chile

 

 

The Salar de Atacama is the largest salt deposit in Chile. It is located in the Antofagasta region, formed in a depression that filters the water from the Andes River. The Salar de Tara, which is 133 kilometers north of San Pedro de Atacama, is a paradise, with a height that seems hard to imagine. Located between volcanoes in the Flamenco National Reserve, it is located at 4,300 meters above sea level.

 

 

 

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The Ice Sheets in the Andes Mountain

 

Snow can take capricious forms called “penitents”. Penitents are pinnacles of snow formations that are found in high mountain areas. This phenomenon occurs more frequently in mountain areas of Argentina and Chile over the Andes, and has more to do with the effect of sunlight with the wind.

Penitents are shaped and hardened thin sheets of ice or snow which have a marked orientation by sunlight. Some penitents can reach 5 meters in height, being a hindrance, and sometimes, very annoying for mountain climbers and hikers.

Elaborating on its formation, the sun’s rays cause random dimples on the surface of the snow. Once a dimple is formed, sunlight can be reflected in the dimple, increasing the localized sublimation. This process continues until depressions are formed, leaving in place the peaks of ice.

If ever we are going through a high mountain area, it is likely to find this kind of ice in the most imposing peaks of the Andes.

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Cruising in the Patagonia

If you like to travel in details and indulge in a travel that is full of emotions, then a beautiful cruise on the ice of the Chilean Patagonia might be for you.

One option is to explore the Quintupeu fjord, the old and unique bed of a glacier surrounded by mountains, with lush vegetation. The travel starts from the Chinquihue terminal to navigatating through the archipelago of Llanquihue and the pace of Queullin. Stop for the night at the point where the German ship Dresden dropped anchor in the First World War. On the next day, you can go through the Hornopirén Canal, then visit the village of Rio Negros. Still at sea through the Gulf of Ancud and the Canal Chidhuapi, you can finally sail off to the town of Calbuco.

Aboard the Skorpios II, while admiring the Chilean coast, you can also taste the local gastronomic delicacies: wine, fish, poultry and red curanto (a dish of meat, seafood and potatoes flavored with rhubarb and cabbage cooked in a hole in the ground).

The cost of cabins range from $171 to $238 for the inner double suites.

 

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A Moonwalk in Chile

We move to a depression in the Salt Range in Chile, an area that is located at 2,500 meters, but appeals to be a landscape of another planet, or at least a landscape of the moon.

Thousands of years of erosion in the desert left whimsical formations, but above all, shades, salt formations, and the art of wind and little rain, the region provides postal almost unreal sceneries.

But water is not so much . . .

The little life that can be seen in the place, sometimes they are just tourists, and their shadows:

Amid such strange atmosphere, there are signs that remind us that we are on earth.

The Moon Valley is located in the Antofagasta Region, just 13 kilometers from the small town of San Pedro de Atacama. The area is part of the National Reserve of Flamingos, a desert area that is divided into 7 regions according to their altitude and changes in the ecosystem.

The Moon Valley is one of the most bizarre of the reserves for its atmosphere and appearance, an almost surreal landscape in the middle of nowhere.

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The Glacier that Gives a Leap in Chile

 

In the Aysen region in Chile, is the Queulat National Park , one of the most intact landscapes across the Patagonia with large areas still unexplored. The feeling of witnessing some of its wonders is naturally breathtaking. A good example is to observe the impressive Hanging Glacier, an ice field at the top that gives a sharp leap in the dark.

The tour of the National Park Queulat penetrates to us in areas of real “Patagonian jungle”, a landscape that seems to be part of a magical world.

Much of the park Queulat is covered by the so-called Valdivian Forest, an area densely covered with vegetation that is largely impenetrable. The Valdivian forest, receives about 4,000 mm annual rainfall, has a humid environment, and covered with moss and fungi that give an almost magical appeal.

The walk through the jungle in an area of strong rains and humidity brings the majesty of the Hanging Glacier.

The Hanging Glacier is about 1,889 meters above sea level and is part of one of the ancient ice fields of the park, glacier Queulat. In one of its limits, the ice monster faces the abyss peeling breaks of ice water, an imposing sight that only exists in few places of the world.The Queulat National Park is dominated by the Patagonian Andes, and is accessible from the highway that runs through Southern longitudinally in much of southern Chile. It is an uninhabited and unexplored area which together with the Patagonia Argentina, is one of the landscapes that is stunning and unspoiled on the planet.

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The Pehoe Lake

The remote and desolate Patagonia, in the territory of Chile, is reminiscent of the idyllic middle earth of the Lord of the Rings saga. The place is extremely beautiful. If you’re searching for peace and tranquility, then this will be the perfect destination for you.

The Pehoe Lake is located in the XII Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, and is accessible from the town of Villa Cerro Castillo. It is an isolated place where weather conditions vary every hour.

The scenic beauty is appreciated even with climatic conditions that are far from ideal. During the day, the water is turquoise blue and is almost a crystal clear. It is nestled in an almost uninhabited region in the now mythical Patagonia (Chile). The dance of the clouds and the fog that changes every moment, and water reflections double the beauty.