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Photo Essay: Toconao — ‘Stone town’ in the silence of the desert Special

Calama - Toconao, a small town in the Atacama Desert is home to an ancient native community. The charm of the village comes from its plainness, the calm of its people, its special climate, and its lovely religious architecture that has stood the test of time.

Photo Essay: Ruins of Huanchaca and Atacama Desert Museum Special

Antofagasta - The historic landmark known as Ruins of Huanchaca corresponds to the vestiges of an old silver smelter that operated in Antofagasta, Chile, between 1892 and 1902, which was in its time the largest industrial complex in South America.

'The Desert Hand' — A tribute to victims of torture and injustice Special

Antofagasta - In the middle of the Atacama Desert, in a parched and forsaken region, a giant hand comes out of the ground. It is a sculpture by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal representing the victims of injustice and torture during the military regime in Chile.

Antofagasta Fishing Cove — Seafood landings on the desert’s edge Special

Antofagasta - The port of Antofagasta, located on the Pacific Ocean at the edge of Chile’s Atacama Desert, is mostly a mining and industrial center; however, fishing is also an important economic activity attracting local buyers and external visitors.
 

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Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of The Atacama Desert. Mural  A Window to the Past  by Chilean arti...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of The Atacama Desert. Mural "A Window to the Past" by Chilean artist Luis Núñez using the technique Trompe l'oeil (French for "deceive the eye") recreating a scene of the ancient silver smelting operation.
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Atacama Desert. The central corridor provides access to the ...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Atacama Desert. The central corridor provides access to the various exhibition halls and is used for temporary displays. In the left is a lunar explorer vehicle tested by NASA in the Atacama Desert, which is similar to the surface of the Moon.
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Ruins of Huanchaca. The massive constructions built of  andesite  stone ar...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Ruins of Huanchaca. The massive constructions built of "andesite" stone are the structural foundations of the former industrial complex called "Playa Blanca" (White Beach).
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Desert. Teloceras is a fossil ammonite . The ammonites are a...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Desert. Teloceras is a fossil ammonite . The ammonites are a kind of extinct cephalopods (mollusk) that existed in the seas from the Devonian (about 400 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (65.5 million years ago). These fossils were found in the Atacama Desert and dated to be about 176 million years old.
The impressive sculpture is continuously targeted by graffiti  which requires frequent maintenance a...
The impressive sculpture is continuously targeted by graffiti, which requires frequent maintenance and cleaning. Unfortunately, soon after it's cleaned, it is attacked again.
Bikers take advantage of the shadow projected by the giant  Hand of the Desert .
Bikers take advantage of the shadow projected by the giant "Hand of the Desert".
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Atacama Desert Museum. Part of the Room  A window to the Universe.  A visi...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Atacama Desert Museum. Part of the Room "A window to the Universe." A vision of the cosmos of the ancient inhabitants of the Atacama Desert and the Andean Plateau. The exhibition is sponsored by the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO).
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Atacama Desert. At the entrance to the Museum there is a  Ro...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - Museum of the Atacama Desert. At the entrance to the Museum there is a "Rock Garden" showing various minerals, stones and fossils from the Atacama Desert and the northern regions of Chile.
Huanchaca Cultural Park - General view showing the Ruins of Huanchaca in the background  the large E...
Huanchaca Cultural Park - General view showing the Ruins of Huanchaca in the background, the large Esplanade in the center, and part of the Museum of the Atacama Desert in the right side of the picture.

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