Raw, pure and indomitable nature.

Atacama Desert’s Fauna & Flora guide

Main Fauna present

From the Altiplano;

Puna teal

Anas Puna. Local name: Pato Puna.

Lama

Lama glama. Local name: Llama

Alpaca

Vicugna pacos. Local name: Alpaca

Andean Coot

Fulica ardesiaca. Local name: Tagua

Crested duck

Anas specularoides. Local name: Pato Juarjual

Andean Gull

Larus serranus. Local name: Gaviota andina

Yellow-billed Teal

Anas flavirostris. Local name: Pato Jergón

Cougar

Puma concolor. Local name: Puma

James's Flamingo

Phoenicoparrus jamesi. Local name: Flamenco de James.

Grey-hooded sierra finch

Phrygilus gayi gayi. Local name: Cometocino

Chilean Flamingo

Phoenicopterus chilensis. Local name: Flamenco Chileno

Viscacha

Lagidium viscacia. Local name: Vizcacha

Andean goose

Chloephaga melanoptera. Local name: Guayata

Vicugna

Vicugna vicugna. Local name: Vicuña

Darwin's Rhea

Rhea pennata. Local name: Suri

From the pure desert;

Andean Condor

Vultur gryphus. Local name: Cóndor

South American grey fox

Pseudalopex griseus. Local name: Zorro Chilla

Variable Hawk

Geranoaetus polyosoma polyosoma. Local name: Aguilucho

Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia cunicularia. Local name: Pequén

Tamarugo conebill

Conirostrum tamarugense. Local name: Comesebo del Tamarugal.

Atacamen Pacific Iguana

Microlophus atacamensis. Local name: Lagartija

Barn Owl

Tyto alba tuidara. Local name: Lechuza

Main flora present

From the Desert;

Tamarugo

Prosopis tamarugo. Local name: Tamarugo

Algarrobo

Prosopis alba. Local name: Algarrobo

Chañar

Geoffroea decorticans. Local name: Chañar

Desert saltgrass

Distichlis spicata. Local name: Grama salada

Pampas grass

Cortaderia selloana. Local name: Cola de Zorro

Giant horsetail

Equisetum giganteum. Local name: Cola de caballo

Tillandsia

Tillandsia lambekii. Local name: Tilansia

From the foothills to the Altiplano;

Cardón

Corryocactus Brevistylus. Local name: Cardón, Guacalla.

Yareta

Azorella compacta. Local name: Llareta

Queñoa

Polylepis tarapacana. Local name: Queñoa

Cumulopuntia

Cumulopuntia boliviana ssp ignescens. Local name: Puskayo

Columnar cacti

Browningia candelaris. Local name: Cactus Candelabro

Paja brava

Festuca orthophylla. Local name: Paja Brava

Bofedal

Oxychloe andina. Pakopako

Sancayo

Echinopsis ferox. Local name: Sancayo

Cardón

Echinopsis atacamensis. Local name: Cardón

Oreocereus

Oreocereus leucotrichus. Local name: Viejito

Chachacoma

Senecio nutans. Local name: Chachacoma

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