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Valle de la Luna

Treat your eyes to the variety of colors in a deserted valley that looks like a scene from a science fiction movie.

The Valle de la Luna earns its name as “Moon Valley” from its lunar-like terrain in the mountainous desert. It comprises countless stone and sand formations shaped over millennia by water and wind. Note how the appearance is similar to photos of the moon and Mars, generating an otherworldly look among the many colors of the rock face. See the salty white surface of a dry lake, the dark holes of caverns and the red and purple hues of the cliffs at sunset. 

Stroll leisurely through the valley with your family to appreciate the unique atmosphere. Hike over the hills and trails and investigate mysterious caves. 

Stay for the magnificent sunset, when the colors of the cliffs seem to turn a deeper red. Capture photos of the stunning site as day turns to dusk. From atop a steep hill you’ll have a breathtaking view of the valley below you. The air can be a bit thin and hard to breathe at an elevation of 7,427 feet (2,264 meters) above sea level.

Some of the rock formations seem as though ancient humans sculpted them. Check out the “Three Marias,” a natural statue featuring figures apparently rising from the ground.

This valley is considered one of the driest places on earth, which accounts for the harsh, arid landscape. Some parts have not received a drop of water for many centuries.

Set off with a tour operator in the afternoon to reach the valley before sunset. Make sure your visit comes with an air-conditioned van and an English-speaking guide. You will pay an entrance fee to the valley in addition to the tour operator price. 

The Valle de la Luna is in the arid environment of the Atacama Desert, just 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of San Pedro de Atacama. The journey by car will take about 10 minutes. Consider renting a bike and cycling the relatively short distance, providing more time and autonomy during your visit to the valley.


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Haramaksi
Haramaksi

Haramaksi

     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this guesthouse is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Tulor Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Meteorite Museum and Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro Church and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Casas Valle de la Luna £175
    Casas Valle de la Luna

    Casas Valle de la Luna

       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this chalet is within 3 miles (5 km) of Tulor Archaeological Site, Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church. Meteorite Museum and Valle Da La Muerte are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Cielo Ancestral
      Cielo Ancestral

      Cielo Ancestral

      Ayllu de coyo, parcela 13, San Pedro de Atacama, Región de Antofagasta
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Tulor Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Valle Da La Muerte and Meteorite Museum. Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and San Pedro Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Peumayen & Atacama Lodge
        Peumayen & Atacama Lodge

        Peumayen & Atacama Lodge

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a rural location, this hostal is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tulor Archaeological Site and within 6 miles (10 km) of Meteorite Museum and Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama. San Pedro Church and Valle Da La Muerte are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Rancho Quitapenas Bungalows
          Rancho Quitapenas Bungalows

          Rancho Quitapenas Bungalows

             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this lodge is within 3 mi (5 km) of San Pedro Church, Meteorite Museum and R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum. Pukara de Quitor Archaeological Site and Piedra del Coyote Overlook are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Ruka Zen Lodge £38
            Ruka Zen Lodge

            Ruka Zen Lodge

               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a rural location, this lodge is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

              Lodge y Cabañas Rio Yaye £71
              Lodge y Cabañas Rio Yaye

              Lodge y Cabañas Rio Yaye

                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this lodge is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro Church and Meteorite Museum. R.P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

                Naturalis
                Naturalis

                Naturalis

                Avenida La Playa 33, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in San Pedro de Atacama, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Plaza de San Pedro de Atacama and 2 mi (3.2 km) from San Pedro Church. Valley of the Moon is 10.8 mi (17.4 km) away.