Nature Ramble

Off to South America and the driest desert in the world.

San Pedro de Atacama

Covers the north of Chile, the northwest of Argentina, the south of Peru and southwest of Bolivia.

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

From the sea to straddle the Andes.

So what kind of flora and fauna does one expect to find in such a harsh climate?

In the middle of the desert is the town of San Pedro de Atacama with about 2,000 inhabitants. It is a hub for tourism in the area, with people coming from and going to Bolivia via the Salar de Uyuni.

It has some good accommodations, up to three star and a good museum.

Surrounding the town there are many attractions, Valle de Luna, geothermal areas, and surrounded by volcanoes in the Andes.

The animals…

The vizcacha, a strange beast, like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel

The vizcacha, a strange beast, like a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel

The image is from Andre in Chile, check the link for more animals found in the desert.

Desert Fox, Atacama – image: Stuart Littlefair

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) – image: Atacama Birds (many more on the link)

Liolaemus nigriceps - image: Gerhard Huedepohl

Liolaemus nigriceps – image: Gerhard Huedepohl

Flamingos in Los Flamencos National Reserve – image: vivaboo

Vicuñas – image: Peter’s Adventures

Just some of the animals you’ll find in this desert.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Amazing to see these doglike animals (foxes) across all the continents of the world, they must come from an ancient common ancestor when all the lands were locked together.

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