Valley of Death

San Pedro de Atacama

Description

Valley of Death, also known as Valle de Marte, is in the middle of the Cordillera de la Sal, just 2 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama. Its name is due to the fact that in the past, whoever dared to cross this valley died in the attempt. Proof of this are the remains of animal bones or people that can be found in the place, as well as pieces of natural plaster that many times are confused with these vestiges. It is characterized by strange geomorphic and topographic formations where natural rocky sculptures and sand dunes abound. This place is also a clear example of how arid the Atacama Desert can be, since no type of plant or insect grows here.

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