Posts tagged "Atacama Desert"
In the Atacama Desert

In the Atacama Desert

Of course, we’d seen a map before setting out, and we understood that the superlative springs from the area’s lack of rain rather than its natural setting. Still, we were unexpectedly startled to find that for a few hundred kilometres of our ride north through the world’s driest desert, we were overlooking the world’s largest...
Scenes in America Deserta

Scenes in America Deserta

The vineyards, tobacco fields and smallholdings that flourish in the lee of the Andes from Mendoza north to the Bolivian border are anomalies. Most draw their water from glacier melt and mountain streams, some funnelled into channels originally excavated by the Incas, at the southern extreme of their domain. The sound of these fast-flowing culverts,...
Here's that rainy day

Here’s that rainy day

After threatening for a few days, the thick clouds above the tourist honeypot of Cafayate broke on the second night of the year, soaking a town that spends much of January braced for the worst. Both the main roads north from Cafayate run through valleys; when heavy rain hits the hills and mountains on either...