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Apr 5th, 2008
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The Paracas National Reserve lies just outside of the town of Paracas, and that's where we spent the second part of the day.



The reserve is split into 2 parts - the land and the marine part. The land part includes some of the most spectacular and driest parts of the Atacama Desert, which stretches from Northern Chile to Southern Peru. In Peru it occupies just the stretch of land next to the sea, but it is just the same as the desert in Chile - dry and absolutely inhospitable. The only time it rains in this place is when something goes wrong with nature - there has been no periodical rainfall in this area since the last ice age.

The roads in this area are actually built from salt - you can see such a salt road on the top picture.



One, if not the only, interesting thing about the area is the different colors which are represented in the desert. In the picture above, you can see the light yellow which I'm standing on and taking the picture, the dark yellow further down, and the gray beach. In the picture below there is another beach, which is red!



Well, nothing spectacular to see here, just the feeling of being in driest place on Earth with no human activity in sight.

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