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Flowers in the Atacama Desert​

Once every 5 to 7 years the driest place on the globe is transformed into a pink carpet of wildflowers


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The Chilean Atacama Desert, which is considered to be the driest place on Earth, becomes the site of incredible natural wonder. This land may not see a drop of rain for years. However, a true miracle happens in the driest of all deserts when the long-awaited spring rainfalls come and resurrect the sleeping life and thousands, or even millions of bright pink wildflowers cover the area.

More than 200 flower species bloom in the Atacama including red Garra de león, pink Pata de guanaco, yellow and pink Añañuca, blue Azulillos and other flowers. Some of the flowers are even endemic to this dry place. The super bloom is usually concentrated in the region around Huasco. Follow 5 North road between Vallenar and Copiapó. You can also see local flora in Pan de Azúcar National Park on the Pacific coast of the Atacama Desert which lies closer to Antofagasta regions.

The last time Chile saw this unbelievable beauty was between September to November of 2015 and the next flowery spring is expected no sooner than in 5–7 years, sometime between 202​0 and 2022.

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