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San Pedro de Atacama is literally an oasis in the Atacama desert, the world’s dryest. It was probably a sleepy little adobe town till the recent tourism boom.

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We were surprised by the sophistication of the hotel and restaurant designs there; they found many creative uses for adobe.

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And our hotel had a garden with cacti and big purple flowers.

Food was also a pleasant surprise, with lots of fresh vegatables available in the desert. I enjoyed the opportunity to consume more good Chilean wine and pisco sours.

Six resident cats prowled the hotel and plenty of dogs lay around town; we got our animal fix.

Temperatures in San Pedro were extreme — t-shirt weather and strong sun by day, and cold enough for a New York style sleeping-bag-you-wear-as-a-coat at night.

The local archeology musuem was nicely laid out, and had some good exhibits.

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And the requisite  mummies and flattened skulls.

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In my quest for unusual posters and design-work the world over, I found this ¨wanted¨ poster for a bug you can catch from food. Appropriate, given that I´d catch one a few days later.