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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 stars, let alone a sky full of them, all 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 South American guidebook. SPACE Star Tours Atacama is the largest public observatory in Chile and every night they host desert stargazing tour. When I arrived at San Pedro de...

My Salar de Uyuni tour dropped me off in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. It's a small town near the Bolivian border and, while there isn't much to do in the town itself, tours around the area abound. I spent an afternoon on the most popular tour in San Pedro de Atacama: exploring Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley. Valle de la Luna is located in the heart of the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and the landscape is ripe with jagged rock formations that make it feel like you've traveled to another planet...