Thu, 20 Dec 12 00:00:00 +0000
On a summer day in March 2010, a doctor from Scotland met up with some of the best athletes in the world under the heat of the Atacama Desert.There she was waiting for one of the most extreme competitions that you can ever imagine to start: an individual footrace of seven days and 250km through one of the driest places in the world. Never before, Jo Zakrzewski has participated in a competition. Her decision to participate in Atacama Crossing was even a last minute choice, taken while she was drinking wine with some friends. When Zakrzewski crossed the finishing line, she did not only leave all the other participants behind, but she did it with an advance of 4 hours. Directly she converted from a person once unknown in the world of the ultra-marathons to one of the most feared combatants.“I am surprised by what happened”, says Zakrzewski to Chile.Travel. “All I had planned was to go on vacation and run a little. I never thought it would result the way it did.”
“An empty land” – La Araucana.
It is not necessary to explain that Zakrzewski is a special case. In March, when the almost 200 participants start the Atacama Crossing 2013, most of them won’t even get[...]
Thu, 15 Nov 12 00:00:00 +0000
Deserts, oases, warm beaches, mountain peaks covered with snow. The landscapes of this area have one thing in common – their overwhelming beauty. The Great North reaches from Arica in the north to the region of Antofagasta, its limit in the south.The most arid zone of the countryThe Great North includes the region of Arica and Parinacota, the region of Tarapacá and the region of Antofagasta. It is the driest area in Chile and the place, where the Atacama-desert is located. Nevertheless, there are also valleys, oases (like the valley of Azapaod the Oasis Pica), canyons and salt lakes to find in this district. The mining industry plays a big role in the north, especially the extraction of copper.The north has an enormous biodiversity, which representative species are protected in parks and national reserves such as Lauca, Isluga and Salt Lake Surire.Its most famous cities, Arica, Iquique and Antofagasta, are located on the coast and offer harbors and beautiful beaches. The climate conditions in the Great North allow the development of marvelous landscapes, such as the surroundings of San Pedro de Atacama where we can find the Moon Valley with its incredible formations of rocks[...]