Northern Chile is a desert – more specifically, part of the Atacama Desert: the driest hot desert in the world. And yet, it is dotted with oases in which are grown a variety of fruits and vegetables of exceptional quality and size. The fruit and vegetable market Mercado Central Municipal was among the best I’ve ever seen, anywhere. It made me want to rent an apartment for a few weeks and do some serious cooking.
You could eat two different kinds of avocado every day for a week and still not try them all.
This excursion also included a visit to an olive grove and a handicrafts village, with a lovely little church and a traditional dance performance.