Altiplanos in the Andes

Altiplanos in the Andes

Chile is a long skinny piece of land sandwiched between the South Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains.

The snow-capped Andes mountain range is a dominating sight in most parts of the country.

These mountains comprise both active and dormant volcanoes because the Andes lies within the volcanic Pacific Ring of Fire.

I visited desolate landscapes like the Atacama Desert and the Andean altiplanos in the north of Chile.

Altiplanos are mountain plateaus located at the widest part of the Andes. These Andean plateaus are generally above 3,000m in altitude.

There are no trees in the altiplanos.

In the lower part of the altiplanos, we saw quinoa farms and sometimes vast fields of wild blue lupin flowers. As we climbed higher, we drove for miles and all we could see was a vast open space under an azure blue sky with rich brown Andean mountains in the distance.

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