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El Norte Grande Sights

Reserva Nacional Pampa del Tamarugal

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Updated 11/24/2014

Fodor's Review

The tamarugo tree is an anomaly in the almost lifeless desert. These bushlike plants survive where most would wither because they are especially adapted to the saline soil of the Atacama. Over time they developed extensive root systems that search for water deep beneath the almost impregnable surface. Reserva Nacional Pampa del Tamarugal has dense groves of tamarugos, which were almost wiped out during the nitrate era when they were felled for firewood. At the entrance to this reserve is a CONAF station.

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24 km (15 mi) south of Pozo Almonte on Pan-American Hwy., 1100000, Chile



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Updated 11/24/2014


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