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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Vicuñas in the Altiplanic Lagoons

A massive snowfall closed the Altiplanic Lagoons in the Atacama Desert which, for over a month, remained inaccessible to tourists. The peacefulness of the place without foreigners made animals wander next to the road in the middle of the snow-filled landscape. That's where we met this group of vicuñas: under a road sign, on a clear sunny day.

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Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Chile
Camera: X-T3
Copyright: © Tiago Almeida