Word of Mouth: Chile’s Atacama Desert

Trekking from salt flats to see pink flamingoes and landscapes reminiscent of the moon

Covering more than 41,000 square miles, Chile‘s Atacama Desert stretches along the Pacific and spills across borders into Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Its innumerable splendors—rare flamingoes, mind-bending salt flats, desolate landscapes and celestial access, all high among the list—have many entry points. But none are so closely congregated as those around San Pedro de Atacama, which is set atop a volcano-speckled, arid plateau. To reach …

Luminox’s Atacama Adventurer Field 1760 Watch Series

Timepieces inspired by and fit for the conditions of the remote Chilean desert

To visit Chile‘s dry, high-altitude Atacama Desert offers unimaginable insight on Swiss watchmaker Luminox‘s rugged new Atacama Adventurer collection. The brand has become known for timepieces that hold up against extreme conditions. In fact, they’re the official watchmaker of choice for the US Navy SEALs, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR), and other military and stealth groups. But there’s no place in the world quite …

Joshua Tree National Park Night Sky Festival

Driving into the desert to switch off and stargaze

by Andrew Maness Joshua Tree National Park lies just 140 miles east of Los Angeles, an easy two and half hours of cruising on the interstate without traffic, or a miserable slog that can take upwards of five hours if you happen to depart at the wrong time—especially on a Friday. At the helm of a 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible, equipped with adaptive cruise-control, …