Monday, July 25, 2011

CHILE DAY 3: Atacama Desert

I feel like I'm on Mars. 

We are literally in the driest place on Earth.  Right now it's the end of winter so it's not boiling hot, but it is insanely dry and the day and night temperatures are extreme, but mild for the region. 70's during the day, 30's when the earth rotates away from the sun.  Not to mention we are at altitude.  I keep trying to compare this place to somewhere else but all I can think of is photos from the Mars Rover.  There is ZERO life here.  No plants, no birds, no snakes, no bugs under rocks. NOTHING.

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