Soil communities from rodent middens can be very useful for making inferences about the effect of past and ongoing environmental conditions on arthropod diversity and food web structure.
The picture on above shows a typical paleomidden, which are waste piles that packrats construct out of fecal matter and urine.
From here you will be taken to San Pedro de Atacama, your final destination and an oasis in the middle of the desert.
San Pedro is a small village with narrow alleys and traditional adobe houses, known as the archaeological capital of Chile.
The Andean Altiplano will surprise you with its dramatic and exotic beauty.Experience the desert on various open 4×4 excursions and explore the drastic geological transformations within the desert.The Atacama Desert boasts an incredible landscape of ragged, rock-strewn mountains and deep ravines interlaced by a striking white salt pan, surrounded by towering volcanoes.An array of flora and fauna have adapted to these extreme conditions, such as graceful llamas, camelid guanacos and vicuñas, lush fur foxes, rigid-eared viscachas, emu-like rheas, and rough lizards.Embark on a three hour history tour that passes through the Quitor Pukara, an Atacama fortress dating back to 1,000 AD.