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Out-of-this-World Landscape Photos of the Atacama Desert in Chile


As a landscape photographer, the Atacama desert in Chile has always been a dream trip for me. As the driest desert on Earth, it offers one of the best night skies to shoot astrophotography. Its amazing landscape mirrors those from Mars which makes it one of the most incredible experiences for any photographer and space enthusiast.

In a five-day driving trip, we went from Antofagasta through Paranal Observatory Hand of the Desert San Pedro de Atacama and Los Flamencos National Reserve. The nights were extremely cold dry and quiet while the days were colorful and filled scenic landscapes.

Out of all the trips I’ve done, visiting Chile has been the most rewarding experience I’ve had since I started landscape photography. Everything about this place is out of this world.

All the images were taken with a Fujifilm XT-2, Fujinon 35mm f/1.4, Rokinon 12mm f/2.0, and a Mavic Pro Drone. Processed in Adobe Lightroom.

About the author: Jesse Echevarria is a landscape photographer based in New York. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram, and Behance.