Altiplano - Highlands

The Andean highland, also known as the Andean high-desert, in the north of Chile is part of the south American Altiplano and seamlessly transitions into the Atacama Desert. The Chilean Altiplano lies at an average height of 3.600m (11,800 ft) and is dominated by huge snow covered volcanoes, most of them with an altitude over 6.000m (19,685 ft). Also many salt lakes (Salar) and steaming thermal springs can be found in this remote area. Most of the local people are Aymara Indians.