When driving in the Andes, you can now and then see a small, lush, green stripe on the bottom of the valley: a microclimate. They are like small paradises within the harsh, dry desert.
The all-knowing Wikipedia tells that the microclimate “is a local atmospheric zone where the climate differs from the surrounding area. The term may refer to areas as small as a few square feet (for example a garden bed) or as large as many square miles.”
I took the picture below while driving the winding road 52 from Uspallata to Mendoza in Argentina. It is a fine, sometimes thrilling road. You should take that if you think the main roads are boring. 😉 And stop for a while inside the greenery.