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I'm fascinated by the stars. Mostly, I suppose, because I'm a city girl and I don't get to see them that often. Chicago is filled with big building and lots of light. I'm lucky if I can see a handful at a time. So I was beyond excited when I read about SPACE — San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations — in my guidebook. SPACE is the largest public observatory in Chile and every night they host tours. I booked an 11pm tour which had me whining beforehand because making plans for late at night makes me just want to...

My Salar de Uyuni tour dropped me off in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a small town near the border and while there isn't much to do in town, tours around the area abound. I spent an afternoon on the most popular tour: Valle de Luna, or Moon Valley. We made a few stops to check out the death valley landscape before heading into Valle de Luna and climbing to the top of the hill. The main draw is sunset. Not just watching the sun set behind a hill but turning around and watching the pink and purple and...