Sechura Desert

Sechura desert is a Peruvian desert that is located in the south of Peru along the Pacific Ocean, and on the Atacama Desert. It has a 20-200 km stretch in to the Andes Mountain, covering an area as large as approximately 180,000 km2. The Sechura desert covers the area north west of Peru and northern Chile, where it joins to the south of Chile.

Sechura desert has been subjected to regular flooding, the flooding rivers near this area poured in to the desert. The Pacific Ocean is the main cause of the storms and the flooding; this causes the formation of lakes in the once deserted land due to the calamities, and patches of sand and clay from the surface.

Sechura desert is one with low temperatures, and this is because of the Pacific Ocean that moderates the temperature. It is known to be a very arid Sechura desert on earth because of cold coastal water that affects the climate. It is however sunny, warm and bright during summers, and the winter is usually cool, cloudy and low temperatures especially at night. It is not surprising to find human and wildlife settlement here. The rivers in the Sechura desert support agriculture, urban cultures are flourishing here as well as wildlife like fish, guinea pigs.

Other endemic wildlife of the Sechura desert is the lizards, butterflies, birds though they migrate a lot, and even endangered species like the Chilean flamingo. It is also possible to spot distinctive species like the Sechura fox.