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Sandboarding And Sunset In The Atacama Desert, Chile

"They call this Death Valley because of all the people who don't make it out alive," our tour guide, Steve, whispered in a haunting voice. Staring at the enormous sand dunes and unworldly rock formations, I felt fearful of what I was about to do. Of course, Steve was joking. The name actually comes from a mispronuciation by a Belgian priest, Gustavo Le Paige, who thought the landscape looked like Mars, or Marte.
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