The Atacama Desert in the north of Chile is justly called the driest place on earth. Yet for centuries people from all corners of the earth have been drawn to this empty space. Attracted by the wealth hidden under the sand, such as nitrate and copper, they braved the harsh climate.

This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.

Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's
Via Panam, migration in the America's