Atacama desert

Infinite plains of the Atacama Desert, Chile

Salitrosa plain - Guamanga

Viewpoint Atacama

W. Griem, 2005 - 2021

Atacama desert, Chile

Photo: The large plains of the Salitrosa sector - Qda. Guamanga between Manto Verde and Inca de Oro.
(Kodak15015; W. Griem 2007):
The sector between Copiapó - Inca de Oro and Diego de Almagro stands out for its one hundred percent desert character. Flats, dunes, ravines and hills create a whole that is completely associated with a desert. There are no populations - only mining camps. On the roads the chusca (fine dust) is a faithful companion. The road Carrera Pinto to Flamenco is a good and historical road, but nowadays not the most used one - as Carrera Pinto is already depopulated and Flamenco a tourist beach with almost no economic activity.

Location: Guamanga and Salitrosa south of Diego de Almagro.
Next town: Diego de Almagro (65 km) and Inca de Oro (62 km)
Petrol: Diego de Almagro (65 km)
Road condition: Gravelled and salted, partly somewhat bumpy. Quite lonely and a little bit confusing, one should be careful not to get lost. With SUV, jeep, or pickup
Worth seeing: landscape, desert, historic mining.
UTM: E378.878 / N70.49.186 - Height: 1156 m.

Information Photo: Kodak Camera DX6490
Focal length: 6,3mm (=38/35mm) | Time: 1:350
F: f/8 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2007/11/1/17:41 hrs.

Map of Guamanga area, Atacama desert, Chile


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