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San Pedro De Atacama

Deserts on 3 Continents, Part 2 -- the Atacama: Into the Sandbox on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

With about 0.59 inches of rain a year the Atacama, high in the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, is the driest place on Earth, and very likely its oldest desert, going back 3 million years.

Mummies' Bodies Show Bad Habit Spanned Centuries

LiveScience | Joseph Castro | Posted 07.01.2013 | Science

The hair of mummies from the town of San Pedro de Atacama in Chile reveals the people in the region had a nicotine habit spanning from at least 100 ...

The Driest Place on Earth

Celeste Moure | Posted 08.10.2013 | Travel
Celeste Moure

The driest place on Earth is a dramatic landscape of surreally fiery red canyons, grassy gorges, turquoise thermal lakes, cerulean lagoons and steaming geysers. Chile's Atacama looks like an alien planet (but it's a whole lot easier to get to).