Discover the most impressive deserts in South America: a tour of the most exotic and bucolic landscapes of our continent

when we think about deserts, the dunes of the Sahara and the vast expanses of Arabian sands appear in our minds and we can already see camels and dromedaries walking across the warm surface. But you don't have to go that far, to the African continent or the Middle East, to see the wonders that the desert climate can provide. 

Much closer, right here in Brazil and in other South American countries, sensational deserts await visitors. Thus, we separate a list with the most spectacular deserts in south america.

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Discover this hostile and beautiful environment without the need to cross the Atlantic.  

Salar de Uyuni

Deserts in South America

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Located in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni It is the setting for some of the most beautiful photos ever taken. The place is nothing more than the largest salt sea in the world, with 10 thousand square kilometers, at an altitude of about 3500 meters. In addition to being an important tourist hub for the region, it is also a source of minerals such as lithium, magnesium, potassium and sodium, a lot of sodium. 

600 km from La Paz, visitors will have a unique experience, whether during winter, when the white immensity of salt threatens to blind the eyes, or in summer, when thaw and rain form a blade that reflects an endless sky.

Atacama Desert 

Deserts in South America

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Located in Chile, at the gates of the small village of San Pedro de Atacama, is the driest desert in the world. The Atacama Desert has parts that have been without rain for thousands of years and temperatures vary between 25º and 32º C at any time of the year. So remember to take eye drops and body and lip moisturizers with you.

The main attractions of Atacama are the breathtaking landscapes. Among the natural elements in the place are mountains and perfect trails for trekking, volcanoes and geysers and hot springs due to volcanic activity.

Several lagoons can also be found during walks through the Atacama. The most popular of these is Laguna Cejar, known as the Dead Sea of South America for having such a high concentration of salt that it is not possible to sink into the water.

For astronomy lovers, due to the great distance from big cities, there is no visual pollution, making it possible to observe the sky and marvel at millions of stars in the night sky. 

Maranhão sheets

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In national lands, Lençóis Maranhenses, in Maranhão, pleases those tourists who seek the tropical climate, dunes and beautiful places for bathing. Created in 1981, the Lencois Maranhenses National Park, with a total area of 156.5 thousand hectares. The area enchants by the sand dunes formed by the action of the winds and the large lagoons resulting from the accumulation of rainwater.

One of the main ways of accessing the Park is through the municipality of Barreirinhas, 250 km away from the capital of Maranhão. With good tourist infrastructure, the city is surrounded by the dark waters of the Preguiças River, which takes its name because of the presence of the friendly sloth near its banks. 


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huacachina is a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes.

In the middle of the Peruvian desert of Ica, Huacachina is known as the only oasis in America. The place has a landscape worthy of my beautiful mirages, but this one will not disappear once you enter the village to enjoy the shadows of the trees. Despite being small, the village has a good tourist structure and promises to be an unforgettable tour. 

Salinas Grandes

Deserts in South America

Deserts in South America. Photo: Kevin Jones / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the northwestern part of Argentina, the Salinas Grandes makes up another spectacular salt desert in South America. At an average altitude of 3450 meters above sea level, the desert covers an area of 212 km² of white as far as the eye can see. Prepare your camera, destiny can provide beautiful photos, especially from the viewpoint. 

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