10 Amazing Desert Landscapes

Martina Rosado
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Valle de la Luna

The Pinnacles Desert


While on your road trip to the Pinnacles Desert, you can be certain of driving through the Outback. While in the area, you can snap a picture or two of the iconic billabong or take in the sunrise over the desert landscape.

The Pinnacles Desert can be found in Western Australia. It is the result of regular desert-stabilizing rainstorms, and therefore, has a very arid climate. Due to a mild climate and a lack of topography, it is relatively flat and frequented by wildlife. As soon as you exit the bathroom as the sun sets, you’ll be greeted by a red desert sunset.

You will be all alone as you drive into the desert. Along the way, you can stop to snap some photos of the billabong or take in the beautiful landscape and the sun setting over the desert. If you have a little time to spare, you can hike to the base of The Three Sisters, a rock formation. This is just one of the many famous landmarks you can take a look at on your journey.

McMurdo Dry Valleys

In ice-age Earth, a period of complete global glaciation was experienced. During those periods of ice ages, the world has seen an inferior amount of snowfall resulting, in turn, in a decrease in rainfall. In addition to this, the volcanic activity in the earth is believed to have also been very less during this period forcing the glaciers to move towards the equator though not throughout the entire world.

McMurdo Dry Valleys Are a Set of Large Lakes -Containing Briny Water and Surrounded by Some of the Most Barren and Bleak Landscapes in the World…

Unlikely enough, these lakes are situated almost at the exact geographic center of the Antarctic continent.

Interestingly, the McMurdo Dry Valleys have the unique distinction of being the largest and deepest lakes in the world. Thus, Antarctica is home to the (saltiest) water in the world.

The nature of these lakes is such that they are one of the most significant natural wetlands in the driest continent on Earth. Yet, its water is (as of now) considered too toxic for any commercial usage.

About the McMurdo Valleys

The McMurdo Dry Valleys are a major feature of Antarctica and among the most prominent features of the continent.

The dry valleys, if they fall under your definition of a dry valley, are of course the major water sources of the Antarctic continent.

Death Valley

Sinai Desert

Erg Chebbi

Dear reader, I think the Erg Ch?bb? Dunes near the city of Erfoud are a great contrast between the hard, rocky surface and the soft, loose sand that you can ride for hours. The countless picturesque formations that form these dunes are a perfect way to spend an afternoon in the desert.

Erg Ch?bb? Dunes are the largest dunes in Morocco. They cover nearly 725 square metres (7,500 square feet) and have a gradient that goes as high as 35 degrees. The name of the dunes is the Arabic for "castles". Dunes form when wind carries sand grains and when rainwater washes them; sand is transported across the dunes, elevated above the surrounding terrain.

The dunes of the Erg Ch?bb? Dunes have been designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO and a national park. Therefore, it is forbidden to harm the plants growing here, though the dunes are still protected from grazing animals, too. It has been scientifically proven that humans harm the dunes when they use animals to transport the dune sand since the tracks are deep enough to be filled with sand.


To get to Soussusvlei, you get off in the famous desert town of Kharas the capital of the Natron area, and then you head north towards Twyfelfontein. Twyfelfontein is where the route into Soussusvlei starts. In Kharas you can check into the famous Desert suite, a unique place located by a gorgeous pool in a crater, watching the moonlight reflecting from the hot rocks. The desert suite is one of a kind you can stay there for a week, even if you are not keen on desert life. They provide everything you need to make you feel in the middle of the Namib desert. Of course in Kharas you can also do very few things. You can go into the desert itself and be amazed by its beauty. You can have a bit of time to tour around the area, so I recommend going on a private excursion. At the hotel you can book a private game drive, so you can see wildlife within a small group and with a professional tour guide this is so much more efficient than all the other game drives in the area. Running right through the hotel is the road leading to Sowisoslvlei, where the landscape is even more breathtaking.

Nazca Desert

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum may be a name you have heard before, but if you’re a movie lover, you have probably seen it in a number of films. You may have even been by there before, but probably not. The majority of people who go to Wadi Rum don’t go through the deserts of Jordan, but through the sand dunes and landscapes of the fictional town of Jeyhanna in the movie “Ten Commandments.”

The area of Wadi Rum is the range of mountains between two large deserts; the Rub’ Al-Khali (Empty Quarter) in the south and the Arabian Desert in the north.

If you decide to visit Wadi Rum, you should know that the only way to get there is to fly or drive. Many people travel from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia because the hiking is easier and the distances are more manageable if you are coming from these places.

There are no hotels in the area, but there are several encampments where you can stay. These are the only places you can eat and drink during your trip. The position of the camps varies depending on the direction you are traveling in, with the nearest to the open desert camps and farther from the mountains.

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni is located in the southwest of Bolivia and is the largest salt flat in the world. Its surface area is over 4,687 square miles (12,000 km) which gives it an average elevation of 3,656 feet (1,110 m).

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest flatland and holds the world’s largest deposits of lithium, Bolivia’s main exportable commodity.

Bolivia is the largest producer of salt in the world. About 70% of the world’s salt reserves are found here.

Salar de Uyuni receives more sunlight than any other place on Earth. Because of this, salt marshes such as Salar de Uyuni and Salar de Coipasa are a breeding ground of diverse plant and animal life.

Salt flats are also known for being extremely dangerous to cross in a vehicle.