We spent a couple of nights in the quaint desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. The center of town is packed with restaurants and shops. In the central square, giant trees protect a scattering of benches from the harsh desert sun.
...but literally a two minutes walk from the center is complete nothingness; desert for as far as the eye can see. This is the view out the front door of our hostel, on the top left you can see the Licancabur volcano.