Atacama desert

Infinite plains of the Atacama Desert, Chile

Varas plain with Peineta mountain

Viewpoint Atacama

W. Griem, 2005 - 2021

Varas plain with Peineta mountain, Atacama desert near the Inca de Oro village, Chile

Photo: Panoramic view towards Cerro Peineta. In the foreground is the Llano de Varas. View towards NNE. Photo taken between Carrera Pinto and Chimberos, Atacama Region; Chile.
(Kodak14432; W. Griem 2007):
The great plain of Varas (which in part has different names: Llano Humito for example) divides the hills of Carrera Pinto with the "real" Pre-Cordillera with peaks up to 4700 meters high in this sector (Co. Vicuña). The plain really has an unreal touch - for lack of points known as trees or houses the human eye has no chance of estimating distances. The heat is unbearable - the altitude of about 1800 meters does not help much in cooling the rocks in the burning sun of the day. A walk a couple of meters in broad daylight shows us quite quickly what the word DESERT means.

Location: Llano de Varas - Humitos between Carrera Pinto and Inca de Oro.
Next town: Inca de Oro (20 km; Small shops, simple restaurant), Copiapó (80 km)
Petrol: Copiapó (80 km), Diego de Almagro (70 km)
Road condition: Asphalted, all vehicles
Worth seeing: landscape, desert, historic mines.
UTM: E411.476 / N70.34.686 - Height: 1734 m.

Information Photo: Kodak Camera DX6490
Focal length: 17,5mm (=105/35mm) | Time: 1:250
F: f/8 | Original size: 2304 x 1728 | Date: 2007/08/4/14:48 hrs.

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