Ruta 24 is a stunning drive in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest areas in the world. The road is 156km long and links Calama and Tocopilla.
Located in the north of Chile, the road is asphalted. Ruta 24 begins in the city of Calama, in the El Loa Province, at an elevation of 2.260 m (7,400 ft) above the sea level, and ends in the coastal city of Tocopilla, in the Antofagasta Region. Its dramatic surrouding landscape incorporates desert, salt flats, volcanoes, geysers and hot springs. The road is surrounded by a lunarlike depression with unusual rock formations, a huge sand dune and pink-streaked mountains.