23 September 2013

San Pedro de Atacama II

The desert in the North of Chile is the driest desert in the world.  It receives less than .01 cm of rain per year.  Oddly enough, I had the chance to swim in the desert 3 times while I was there.  Below, you can see a friend and me in a hot spring.  The outside temperature was -9°C (16°F).  We had to walk across streams of ice to get into the thermal spring.  The water temperature was around 24°C (75°F).  To give you a better idea of how cold it was, after drying off, I set my towel down to dry in direct sunlight before we left and it froze in about 4 minutes.

Geysers del Tatio

Hot Spring in Atacama Desert

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