Atacama desert

The dry face of the Atacama Desert

Pan American Highway in the Atacama desert

Viewpoint Atacama

W. Griem, 2005 - 2021

Pan American Highway in the Atacama desert, Chile

Photo: The Panamerican Highway (Km 1037) near Quebrada Carrizalillo, near the border of the Antofagasta Region.
Where the desert is really desert. There is no tree, shrub etc.
At the horizon on the left, a conical hill can be seen in the mist: Cerro Doña Inés - close to the Salar de Pedernales.
(Kodak14569; W. Griem 2007).
The Pan-American Highway is in good condition (except after torrential rains or alluvial) - the number of vehicles between Chañaral and Antofagasta is small, it is the only paved connection between the Atacama Region and Antofagasta Region. It is a unique landscape, the morphology the infinite distances, the infinite straight lines of the road. It is still something unique, something very special of planet earth: the Atacama Desert.

Location: Taken from the Panamericana between Chañaral and Taltal
Next town: Chañaral (70 km)
Petrol: Chañaral (70 km)
The place: The Panamericana is well developed (asphalted, with a hard shoulder etc.) - if you take some time, interesting panoramic shots can be made. Nearby is the Pan de Azucar National Park, but the landscape is unique.
UTM: E354.781 / N71.26.230 - Height: 765 m. (picture).

Viewpoints of the same area:
Pampa Austral and Pampa Indio Muerto with railway station
From Altamira to Doña Inés volcano
The Pan American highway in the desert (Qda. Carrizalillo)
Qda. Carrizalillo - J. Pérez railway station near Altamira

Information Photo: Kodak Camera DX6490
Focal length: 12,4mm (=75/35mm) | Time: 1:500
F: f/4.5 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2007/08/11/12:49 hrs.

Map of the area


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