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Altiplano

Space Atacama takes place in the high Atacama Desert, an area that forms part of the South American “Altiplano,” or high Andean plateau. The geography, geology and topology of this remote region is unique and extraordinary. It is the driest desert in the world, with many parts having no recorded historical rainfall. Flat dry salt pans extend for miles, glistening white with layers of crusted salt crystals. And yet amid this extremely dry and hostile environment, pockets of vegetation and life thrive, fed by microclimates, underground streams and snowmelt from the surrounding mountains and volcanoes of the Andes mountains. Otherworldly rock formations are constant reminders of history and time. The towering boulders and cliffs, with smoothly sculpted surfaces, shaped by thousands of years of volcanic activity, hot desert winds and ancient seas, at times seem to come to life. The imagery of this mysterious landscape stays with you long after you’ve left.