San Pedro de Atacama is a small oasis town in the massive Altiplano of the Atacama Desert. This is a spectacularly beautiful area of salt flats, canyons, geysers and volcanic peaks with a plethora of adventure opportunities on offer.
In the 70's a Belgian priest, in residence at San Pedro's church, decided to name the valley on the edge of the village - 'Valle de la Marte' (Valley of Mars) - because the vivid red colour made him think of the planet Mars. But locals’ interpreted it - because of his accented Spanish - as Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) and the name has stuck ever since.
Decorative details repeat the spirit of Atacama's history and place. The colour of the tables can be found on doors of old village houses and the sheepskins are a reminder of the days when this town was a stopover for cowboys and shepherds moving their herds to or from Bolivia.