Atacama Desert Chile - The closest point on earth to the stars

Southern Milky Way above Mars-like red sands of Atacama Desert. The location is inside Yungay, the driest, and most sterile place on Earth. There is virtually no life on the surface of this region of Chile. The night sky from here is simply amazing.

Lagunas altiplánicas (Atacama)

Atacama Desert: "In San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis in the heart of the world's driest desert, fine boutique hotels offer excursions to Inca ruins, astronomical observatories, hot springs and much more.

Birds landing...The Atacama Desert (Spanish: Desierto de Atacama) is a plateau in South America, covering a 1,000-kilometre (600 mi) strip of land on the Pacific coast, west of the Andes mountains.

James' Flamingos, Laguna, Colorada, Bolivia in the Andes. Original photo by George Steinmetz

Deep in the the Atacama desert in Chile emerges a giant sculpture of a hand.

Deep in the the Atacama desert in Chile emerges a giant sculpture of a hand. A popular photo spot for tourist visiting the Atacama. The hand was constructed at an altitude of meters above sea level.

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A stunning view from the Atacama region of Chile, taken from a time-lapse video created by Nicholas Buer.

The pristine night sky — chock full of gleaming stars and awe-inspiring views of our Milky Way galaxy — comes to life in a magnificent time-lapse video shot from northern Chile.

San Pedro de Adacama, Chile (Travel & Leisure's list of the World's prettiest mountain towns)

In July Sandra Rötzscher arrived in San Pedro de Atacama, a high desert town in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, to find herself in a four-day sandstorm.