What is unique about the Altiplano, the Andes Mountains and the Atacama Desert?

The Altiplano or “Andean plateau” is the most extensive area of high plateau on Earth outside Tibet. It stretches more than 800 km from southern Peru to northern Chile and Argentina, and its bulk lies in western Bolivia. The region is a land of superlatives: home to Titicaca Lake, the highest navigable lake in the world and Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flats in the world, among others. Altiplano is also home of diverse wildlife such as llamas, vicunas and alpacas. And there are rustic villages where the Aymara people and other cultures live in harmony with nature.


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  • Brief introduction of the Altiplano and the Andes: A general introduction of the region including its location, geography, landforms and main facts. Learn about the main cities and remote towns that are part of the area.
  • Natural and Cultural Highlights of the region: Discover some of the outstanding highlights of the region, including Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni and surroundings in Bolivia, San Pedro de Atacama town and the Atacama Desert in Chile, among others. Identified who are the people of the Altiplano and which are their customs and traditions.
  • All you need to known about the Altiplano Crossing: How to get there, when to go, what to do, the accessible route, and which are the most recommended sights, excursions and Andean experiences.


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a general knowledge of the Altiplano, the Andes and the Atacama Desert and what makes them unique and unforgettable.
  2. Name the natural highlights and cultural aspects of the Altiplano and the Andes.
  3. Identify the best route to experience the Altiplano Crossing among the countries that are part of the region.

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