Located in the Altiplano in northern Chile, the Atacama Desert is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. Dotted with imposing volcanoes, colorful geysers, and stark salt flats, it is one of the driest and perhaps most interesting places on the planet. Visitors often remark that they feel as if they have landed on the moon. But the area is not without life—the Atacama Desert flamingo flourishes here, and the 800-year-old Incan fortress of Pukará de Quitor reminds us that we are merely visitors in this astonishing landscape. Surprisingly, it’s something else entirely that draws many to the Atacama—the night sky. After the sun goes down, you’ll enjoy stargazing like never before beneath one of the clearest skies on earth.