Desierto de AtacamaThe central town of the Atacama Desert, San Pedro de Atacama, is kind of a strange place. The settlement around the oasis – fed by only two little creeks – is home to roughly 2.000 residents and during peak times probably as many tourists. It is starting point for dozens of tours to the salt lake, volcanoes and even the Uyuni desert in Bolivia. But there is another, darker side of San Pedro. The proximity to Bolivia makes it an attractive base camp not just for tourists, but also for drug trafficking – a shady business, that gets visible to strangers only by the omnipresent missing person posters on lamp posts throughout the place.