Experiencing another kind of life in the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert stretches across Chile in a staggering diversity of discrete landscapes — the fabled craggy contours of the Andes; simmering volcanoes; vast salt flats; and verdant oases. While it can be a challenging place to call home, it is a playground of adventure for intrepid visitors.

Tunisia: Into the desert

“You look at the sun, where we crossed the military road, the fort, the well, the big dunes, and you just know. Besides I’ve done this trip from Douz 20 times. I could do it with my eyes closed.” Crossing 100km of the Sahara’s Grand Erg Oriental on foot appeared a worthy challenge for pallid Europeans but for Boubakar, the art of desert navigation held no mystery

California cool: Sounds of the desert

Just a two-hour drive from LA lies Pioneertown, a desert town with an attraction equally as otherworldly as the landscape surrounding it.
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Shariqiya Sands: A desert wilderness

These seemingly never-ending dunes roll and pitch like the waves on a white ocean. Home to Bedouins, camels and very little else, they're the perfect place to simply be
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This Grasshopper Mouse Hunts Scorpions, Howls at Moon

"In the middle of the Sonoran Desert, this mother grasshopper mouse tends to her pups. While tiny and adorable, don't be mistaken. This is not your common house mouse. From the day they are born, these mice are natural killers. Insects, lizards, scorpions, and even, other mice, are all on the menu. This mouse is distinguished from most other rodents in its reliance on a meat-based diet. It regularly takes on prey as large, or larger, than itself. Making the grasshopper mouse even more of a stand out is its immunity to scorpion venom. Not only can it withstand the typically, deadly stings, its body has adapted to convert the toxins into a pain killer. Before it enjoys another fresh kill, the mouse proclaims its territory, by howling. The mouse throws its head back and lets out a high-pitched cry, into the night sky. Giving it the nickname of werewolf mouse."
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Explore the Twisting Desert Landscapes of the American Southwest

See Horseshoe Bend, a dramatic curve of the Colorado River, that has become a popular stop along the highway north of the Grand Canyon and there's limited facilities planned for visitors in 2018 including a viewing platform.