Lands of Salt Ponds, Deserts and Jungles

Planet Earth is something wonderful, full of incredible contrasts; many of them are clearly seen in the different sceneries found in an area as small as the north territory of two countries: Chile and Argentina.

On this route, you can first-hand experience three different ecosystems, such as the arid desert, the humid jungle and the salt evaporation ponds.

In the Argentine province of missions and the Brazilian state of Paraná, one of the chosen Seven Natural Wonders of the World is found, a title that nobody who has visited this location can discuss.

The Iguazú Falls are made up of 275 waterfalls, the largest of them is Garganta del Diablo located on the Argentine side, which is 80 meters high and has the largest flow of all. However, the Brazilian side offers a spectacular panoramic view. For this, is recommended to visit both sides to enjoy the full experience.

Multiple travelers describe it as something unforgettable; to listen as the water hits constantly the bottom of the falls, breathe in the humid air that comes off this impact, being a spectator of this impressive natural formation without any camera accurately keeping its majesty more than the memory through the eyes, is something overwhelming.

There are two unique ways to travel this wonder. The first one is the Nautical Safari, where the travelers are transported in motorized boats crossing from San Martín Island, the Lower Iguazú River Delta. This route allows you to appreciate the force of falling water first hand, since it is observed up to 15 meters of proximity.

The second recommended option to wander the falls allows watching them from the contrary perspective, because it is done by flying them in a helicopter.

From a humid ecosystem, with abundant forests and bodies of water, we continue towards the Quebrada Humahuaca, a path that throws completely different landscapes.

Serranía el Hornocal is composed of mountains of stratified sediments of limestone that yield ocher, yellow and green colors; and other oxidized sedimentary formations of an intense reddish color; generating an impressive contrast.

Since the sunlight makes the colors make a more dramatic contrast, it is recommended to visit it in the afternoon.

Humahuaca is the town that represents the historical trace of this region, with its rudimentary constructions and its people with the beautiful skin tone that reflects their ancestry.

It is travelling to a city that has not move along with time.

Cuesta de Lipán is a zigzag path that leads to Salinas Grandes. Built many years ago to communicate the puna with Quebrada, nowadays it has become a tourist site due to its beautiful aspect between mountains.

Travel a journey from Purmamarca to the Puna de Atacama, in Chile. Passing first through the Salinas Grandes.

These formations come from the water rich in salts of volcanic origin that used to fill this basin, and subsequently evaporated gradually, leaving behind this salt pond with crusts up to 30cm thick. The second largest in the world after the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

After several hours of travel, the landscape begins to become arid, the trees are scarce and the colors become neutral when arriving at the Atacama Desert.

It extends through northern Chile, with an approximate area of 105,000 km². Within its territory there are various activities available, from sand sports to stargazing.

t more than 4000 meters above sea level there is one of the most important geothermal fields in the world: Los Geyseres del Tatio. With about 80 geysers from which steam and water emerge at its boiling point (86 ° C), this field is visited with a tour before dawn, as this area is more active in this schedule, and because the sunrise at this point is a must see.

For the night lovers, the astronomical tour is an unmissable event. Due to low pollution and low humidity, Atacama is the perfect destination to observe the splendid celestial bodies. It is possible to watch from the craters of the Moon to the nearby galaxies, with the help of telescopes.

Three ecosystems, countless unforgettable experiences.

 

Por: Eileen Cortés

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