Real Men are Made in the Atacama
The Atacama Desert stretches 600 miles along the coast of Chile. It is the driest desert on earth, having no recorded rain for the last 150 years. Think of Death Valley, and then multiply it by 100X. There is not ONE plant growing in this place, not a shrub, cactus or weed.
We spent four days riding through its heart, along its western flank on the Pacific Ocean, and criss-crossing its mountain ranges trying to get a glimpse of the racers, rarely successful, except for a few check-points.