Puna De Atacama
IS THIS THE MOST SURREAL LANDSCAPE ON EARTH?
A LAND OF SALT, BLACK DESERTS AND OTHERWORLDLY VOLCANOES.
I recently had the pleasure of travelling across the Puna de Atacama, a high desert plateau located in a remote corner of northern Argentina, which contains some of the most unique and incredible desert scenery in the world. This remote desert will take your breath away—and not just because of the elevation! Surreal rock formations, endless salt lakes, dramatic mountains, remote colorful villages, and dark starry skies all come together in this less captured photographer’s paradise.
Located at high altitude; it has the largest thermal amplitude in the world with temperatures of 30° throughout the day and -30° that same night. Unique from its neighboring Atacama of Chile, Bolivia and other areas of dry puna, instead of being flat land at high altitude, it is broken up by mountains and depressions, the height varies from 3,700 meters above sea level down to 3,200 meters.
Far removed from being a luxury destination, the traveling can be ruff, the constant feeling of being covered in dust after 12 days can become tire some and combined with some bitter pre dawn temperatures this is a challanging enviroment to photograph in, but the diversaty in locations more than rewards you for the hardship.