National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

Great North

atacama-desert

Overview:

Comprised of the Arica-Parinacota (XV), Tarapacá (I), Antofagasta (II), and part of the Atacama (III) regions, the Great North is known for its stunning beaches, rich history, dry and pleasant year-round climate, and desert altiplano. It is also well known for its large salt flats and copper deposits. One of the more well known attractions located in this region is the Atacama Desert, which is the driest desert on the planet.

Throughout the year, coastal areas in the Great North have an average high temperature of 24°C (76°F) and an average low of 14°C (57°). There is very little rainfall throughout the region. In the daytime, light clothing is recommended, while a jacket is generally needed in the evening for the cooler desert temperatures.

Photos of regions submitted by current and former volunteers:

Arica-Parinacota:

Arica-Parinacota

Tarapacá:

Playa Cavancha

Antofagasta:

Valle de la Luna