So dry that hardly anything grows there – even cacti!在这些地方很难找到任何植被。
不管怎样，theAtacama Desert in Chileis known as the driest place on the planet.On average,大多数地方每年的降雨量约为15毫米（0.6英寸）。
But there are some weather stations here that have never recorded rainfall!!
Now for someone who grew up in a tropical area where rainfall is measured in metres (see金胶靴）I found that this desert was the complete opposite of everything that I had grown up with.
为了我，the Atacama Desert is one of those ‘impressive nothing' kind of places – where there are kilometres of open space of the same kind of landscape that just seem to go on forever!!
For those who like their motorbike and car racing,the Atacama Desert is almost a mandatory stage of the Dakar Rally since it was moved to South America.
但如果你在南美，穿越阿塔卡马是值得的。Especially if you're the kind of traveller who likes going out in to the wilderness for a while to escape things.
But make sure you bring a lot of water because you'll need it!!