Epic night skyes and old miming ruins in this Atacama Desert timelapse

This video features the beauty of the Atacama Desert starry nights while showcasing the complex and rich mining history of this region through the ruins and traces of the old miners from the late XIX and early XX centuries.

Gerardo “Tito” Páez shared with us the following details on his video:

Many of you probably know the Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, for its wonderful starry skies. What many of you may not know is that this region also has a rich mining history that dates back to the 19th century, with the rise of saltpeter and metal mining, an activity that continues to this date with the large copper and gold mines that characterize the region.
So when you travel through the desert you find the remains of buildings and ruins that reminds us of those mo e than 200 years of history and tradition. A story in its beginnings marked by the harsh working conditions of the area, the bloody rebellions of workers fighting for their rights and even war.
This time lapse tries to pay tribute to those miners who lived and died in the driest desert of the planet looking for a future for their families. And what better way to pay tribute to them than showing the starry skies that sheltered them at night, and that today connect us with their memory…


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