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The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a plateau in South America, covering a 600-mile (1,000 km) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains. It is, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications, the driest desert in the world.

The Atacama occupies 40,600 square miles (105,000 km2] in northern Chile, composed mostly of salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava flows towards the Andes (W.2012).

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With or withhout a Guinness World Records recognition...we have a huge respect for anyone who take a bike above 6000 metres, since the Aconcagua Spanish Expedition 1977, Pastor Expedition (with 12 attempts since 2006), Andes Moto Extreme Expedition 2012, Bianchi Expedition 2015 to KTM Expedition (with successful Dakar Rider Chaleco Lopez) on 2016 a.o.

...Of course, it requires massive preparation and courage too...

¡That the Spirit of Adventure and Mountaineering stay forever!

Roland Hess