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When you think of desert destinations your mind probably wonders to Africa or the middle East, and you’re probably thinking of camels and pyramids. But what you probably don’t now is that you don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to experience desert mirages, sand dunes and an exotic escape. South American countries have a geographic diversity like no place on earth, and it’s here where you can find some unique and unexpected desert destinations. Here’s our top 5 Desert Destinations in South America:

1. Tatacoa Desert – (Colombia)

It might surprise you that Colombia has a desert, and that’s cause this desert is truly a hidden jewel! Less known than many of the others the Tatacoa desert will inspire and relax your soul! It’s also a great destination for Glamping!

2. Atacama Desert – (Chile)

During the day this desert offers a scenery that will mesmerize you, and at night it stargazing like no place on earth.

3. Huacachina Desert – (Peru)

When you think of Peru you might think Machu Picchu and green mountains, but an escape to the Huancachina desert is also a must! This place to be transported, disconnect and also a great spot for sand boarding!


4. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Brazil)

This place is no other than sand dunes heaven! White sand dunes contrasting blue lagoons offer a dream-like escape.

5. Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia)

This is like no other desert, this salt oasis offers a celestial white paradise that will enchant your senses. If you are looking for heaven on earth, this is definitely a must in your bucket list!


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