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Valle de la Muerte (“Death Valley”) is a deformation of the name Valle de Marte (“Mars Valley”), which comes from the “martian” (reddish) color of the earth and the outlandish topography. This valley is part of a flamingo natural reservation and lies inside the Salt Mountain range.

It is a somewhat hidden valley and system of dunes and small caves a few kilometres from San Pedro, on the North East side of the road to Calama.

To get to it you cross the Salt Mountain range, and it made for an interesting hike afternoon through an outlandish landscape.

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