San Pedro de Atacama is a happy town. The locals are friendly and eager to welcome tourists, but mellow enough to impart a sense of calm to those who have arrived in their town in search of the wilds of the Atacama Desert.
Wide open spaces dotted with geysers, colourful sands that sweep across the land creating natural works of art, and mountains reflected in unmoving pools. Welcome to Atacama, the driest non-polar desert anywhere in the world. With salt flats, mountain ranges and intense bursts of blue in glistening lagoons, during the day the heat shimmers like a mist, replaced at night by a cool stillness and clear skies.
A seemingly infinite number of stars light up those skies, so far from light pollution that many come to this magical place to immerse themselves in the constellations. With almost 300 clear nights each year, astrotourism and photography are favourite activities here, but as you lie back and gaze at the maze of twinkling stars, make sure you put down your camera for a while and get lost amongst the shooting stars.