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Myth in Desierto Florido, Chile (Atacama desert north of Santiago)


Desierto Florido means “desert in bloom.” This is the story of how certain weather patterns create a bloom of beautiful wildflowers in desert areas in the north of Chile. A beautiful woman lived in a small village and all the men admired her, but she loved none of them. One day, a miner came through town, looking for gold. He too fell in love with the woman, and this time she loved him back.

One night, the miner had a dream about where he could find a vein of gold. He left the next morning, promising to return quickly, but he never did. As the woman waited and waited, she eventually died of grief. The villagers buried her in a field, and the field began to grow beautiful wildflowers.

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