The Atacama desert is currently having its longest flower blooms in recent years.
And this is due to abundant rainfall since April 2015, the absence of frost and a strong El Niño.
Bloom will extend beyond October, date of completion of the cycle of these plants.
The endemic seeds and bulbs wait underground for optimal conditions to germinate. This phenomenon repeats every 5 to 7 years.
The Atacama region is the driest place on Earth with normally less than two millimeters of rain.
But this year about 35,4mm fell due to a unusually strong El Niño.
The desert is now purple, pink, red, yellow and white… A phenomenon called ‘Flowering Desert’.
Atacama desert flowering is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Chile.