South Coast Geography

As you may guess the South Coast geography is made up out of the flat stretched desert that also contains northern Peru. The South coast being somewhat drier and thinner than the north coast, the geography here is also made up out of the two natural boundaries; the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

The land itself is made up out of different types of desert with fertile green river deltas running to the sea in between them. On the South Coast a large part of the desert found is sand desert. This patch of desert in between Ica and Nazca is one of the driest deserts in the world and completely made up out of large sand dunes that due to the winds coming from the Ocean nearby are changing constantly and give one the true Sahara feeling. Besides the sand desert, large parts of rock desert and mixed desert can be found in this region. The desert reaches all the way to the foot of the Andes, which quickly reach altitudes over 3000 meters. More to the south, before Arequipa, the coast reaches its thinnest point, having the Pacific Ocean almost immediately going up into the Andes Mountains. 

The South Coast, a small but flat stretch of land reaching from North to South is obviously a opportunistic place for transport and hence home to the largest highway in the world; the Pan-American highway. This highway, stretching out for thousands of kilometers, passes by the smaller and bigger cities in the region, crosses the Nazca lines and shows you the great versatility of agriculture found here.

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