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chile norte chico abndoned church in the desert
chile norte chico cerro tololo observatory
chile norte chico elqui blossoming bushes and fog
chile norte chico elqui blossoming cactus
chile norte chico elqui blossoming desert mineral colors green
chile norte chico elqui blossoming desert mineral colors
chile norte chico elqui blossoming door and dog
chile norte chico elqui gate
chile norte chico elqui goat shepherd
chile norte chico elqui house door
chile norte chico elqui mountain fog
chile norte chico elqui sunset
chile norte chico elqui very steep road sign
chile norte chico los molles bird colony
chile norte chico los molles blossoming cactus
chile norte chico los molles couple watching the surf
chile norte chico los molles rock and moss
chile norte chico los molles sunset
chile norte chico los molles thistle flowers
chile norte chico ship wreck
chile norte chico valle del elqui
chile norte chico elqui mountain fog

Norte Chico, Chile

Home to arid deserts, beautiful beaches, astronomical observatories and, at the same time some of the most fertile valleys of the country, the Norte Chico region has a mystified fame of goodness. Its signature valley, the Valle del Elqui produced tropical fruits long before green house agriculture made its entrance in Chile. It's not surprising tourism has developed strongly here.

chile norte chico elqui blossoming desert mineral colors green

Our plan was to visit the region in a very special time of the year: the beginning of spring when the desert starts to blossom and the typical ochre colors get pushed aside by timid greens —or so was our imagination of it. Instead, we found a symphony of soil colors, mineral rich and, indeed blossoming bushes and cacti everywhere. Beautiful.

A more comprehensive image compendium of this trip is available as a hardcover photo album here. You may want to also have a look at the other books I have made.

Miguel Albrecht