This week was a long 4 day weekend to celebrate Chilean Independence Day. So, we made the most of the time off and went to somewhere very special.We travelled 740km from Santiago to the south of the driest desert in the world: Desierto Atacama. If you imagine the world’s driest desert, it is usually sand, after sand, after sand. Very little grows there asides from cactus. However, something magical happens in this desert and we got to see it. This phenomenon is called Desierto Florido (Flowering Desert). Every few years, related to El Niño, after very high and unusual rainfall during winter, the desert blossoms! As it doesn’t happen very often, we jumped at the chance to see it all.This year was the best in twenty years, meaning everyone in Chile is talking about it, so we knew we had to take the trip and it was everything I expected, and more. It’s very hard to believe that you are in the desert because of all of the colours, and that just makes it even more special, as you know that this happens so infrequently.There is one strip of Ruta 5 that is particularly special as there are huge areas of light and dark purple, created by these beautiful flowers. It really was a beautiful sight and one I will remember forever. The contrast of the usual desert colours combined with the flowers was just picture perfect.The patches without flowers just remind you where you are: the world’s driest desert! We drove along the road stopping to admire the colours, record it with our cameras and take in the beauty, as well as the sun!And just to add to the beauty of the flowers in the desert, we spotted a guanaco as we left, and it just happened to pose for my camera, too!It was so worth the really long road trip to get there! The colours were just amazing and it really was nature putting on a show 🙂 Next week, I’ll be posting about a national park within the desert where we got to see a huge variety of flowers in a place that usually has very very little growth.
Where have you seen beautiful colours of nature?
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