For the next couple of posts, I’m keen on trying something a little different than what I’ve written about in the past. Lately I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons a little bit, specifically in a geographical sense and I’m keen on writing about various places round the world where I would like to travel in order to do wind sports. As I wrote about last time, growing up in Wales for a couple of my teenage years I had plenty of opportunity to windsurf, which really got me hooked and although I haven’t tried everything I’m doing my best. As I also love travel, I like to combine the two—as so many people do—and so I’m starting this new series.
The place that, thanks to some reading I did and a couple of really fascinating travel channels on YouTube I feel like I’m already an expert on, is currently on the top of my list is the Atacama Desert in Chile.
Depending on your background, interests and hobbies Chile may be known to you for a lot of different things: one of the wealthiest countries in South America, a phenomenal wine industry, the CIA-installed Pinochet dictatorship, Easter Island, or many other things. This latitudinally-long and longitudinally-tiny country runs along South America’s Pacific coast and has much to offer.
Top of the list from my point of view, is the Atacama Desert in the north, which is also shares with neighbouring Argentina.
The desert is massive and almost completely flat in some parts. When people think of deserts a lot of people picture sand dunes and stifling heat, but deserts can be cold (Antarctica is in fact classified as being predominately a desert) and the sand is entirely optional.
The Atacama doesn’t entirely fit one mould or another. In fact, the diversity of the desert is what makes it so captivating. The part that interests me more than any other—and here’s where the wind sport comes into it—is its salt flats. With hundreds of square kilometres of completely void and flat salt plains, this desert is probably one of the most fun places to try out some sports like kite-boarding for example.
On the other side of the planet however, it’s not the easiest place to get to so for now it’ll have to remain on my list—albeit quite near the top!