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Visit These Lesser-Known Deserts For The Ultimate Adventure

By Kelsey Marie

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If you’re the type of traveler that enjoys beautiful views mixed with adventure, then a vacation in the desert would be a dream.

Maybe you hear the word desert and your mind instantly references Egypt, Dubai, or Morocco. You’d be surprised to know that there are many unknown deserts around the world.

Here are 8 deserts around the world that are perfect for your next adventure:

Sonoran Desert in the U.S. & Mexico

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Starting off close to home, this desert stretches from the Baja, California peninsula to crossing the border into Mexico.

This desert destination is ideal for the traveler who does not yet have a passport.

The Sonoran is a bit different from most deserts because it experiences rain in the winter and summer months — with the rain causing succulents to grow there.

Okanagan Desert In Canada

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This isn’t your typical sandy desert aesthetic. In fact, there is more greenery than sand in the Okanagan Desert.

The desert is named after it’s location, which is in South Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

There are also vineyards nearby you can visit, making for the perfect mix of luxe and adventure.

Salar de Uyuni In Bolivia

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Spanning over 4,000 square miles, the Salar de Uyuni is filled with a never-ending view of white sandy land.

You can drive through the desert while experiencing snowfall and heat — in the same day.

There is zero light pollution here, which means the stars will be shining brighter than ever.

Sturt Stony Desert In Australia

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Renting a four-wheeler is the best way to get around this Mars-like desert.

Sturt Stony is extremely rocky — loaded with stones that were broken down by the sun over the years.

Taklamakan Desert In China

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The Taklamakan takes up 123,550 square miles, making it one of the largest in the world.

Your views will be filled with red, earthy sand and high elevations of up to 4,9000 feet.

China implemented two cross-desert highways to allow travelers to experience the desert fully..

It is advised to hire a professional tour guide when visiting this desert.

Huacachina In Peru

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If you’re interested in sand-boarding, then Huacachina is the spot for you.

Huacachina is only a five-hour drive from Lima, and you can take a bus tour into town and stay in one of the many boutique hotels.

For more adventure, take a dune buggy to the top of the desert and speed your way to the bottom.

If you’re looking for a quiet night of sleep, it is advised to sleep in the dunes during the week.

Spiti Valley In India

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Translating into “the middle land,” the Spiti Valley is located halfway between India and Tibet.

You can learn about Buddha while here as it is nestled amongst the Himalayas.

Since resources and populations are scarce in Spiti Valley, it is advised to hire a guide to take you to this area.

Travelers have reported feeling a spiritual experience while here.

The White Desert In Egypt

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Located west of the Nile River and reaching into the Libyan desert; the White Desert is a smaller desert inside the Western Desert in Africa.

The Meditteranean and Suda border the White Desert. The magnificence of this desert lies in the chalk formations that look as though they’re frozen. The desert was once a sea-bed and when it dried up, rock layers were left.

The rock layers were formed by sea plants and animal — the wind blew in and created the amazing chalk formations there today.

It is advised to get a guide to take you through this intense journey.

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Kelsey Marie

Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie

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