As promised, Ross, here's a post especially for you.
San Pedro de Atacama is a small town that's completely overrun with tourists in the middle of the Atacama desert, the driest in the world (according to Wikipedia). It is, however, one of the coolest places I've ever been. The town itself is kind of interesting, but its the places around it that really make it special.
The town, minus tourists, could almost be out of the American Wild West. The streets are sand, the signs wooden, and the buildings made of some kind of plaster stuff. Have a look:
|Caracoles: the main street in San Pedro|
|Iglesia in San Pedro|
|Side Street off the Main Street|
|Massive telescope showing the insanely clear night sky|
|Salar de Atacama: one of the largest salt flats in the world|