This is simply a must do experience if you go to the Atacama Desert. It’s beautiful, very close to San Pedro and a great excursion for your first or second day because you will start to get used to the altitude.
Valle de la Luna is a part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos and was declared a nature sanctuary for its great natural beauty and strange lunar landscape. It has different stone and sand formations that have been carved by wind and water. The Moon Valley has an amazing range of color and texture, looking similar to the surface of the moon. There are also dry lakes where the composition of salt makes a white covering layer of the area.
But before visiting Valle de La Luna, we made a stop for a view of Valle de la Muerte. Death Valley was actually supposed to be called Mars Valley. The person who discovered this place said marte but people understood muerte, so it ended up being called Death Valley.
If you are with children, please be careful at all times!
Then we made a second stop to view Valle de la Luna from the top!
And then we entered Valle de la Luna..
You may have to go up slowly, but the view is worth it!
Next stop: caverns!
What an adventure! At some points you almost have to crawl… in the dark!!!
Kids loved it! I gave up and waited for the group outside 🙂
Unlike most tourists, we visited Valle de la Muerte and Valle de la Luna in the morning and we could feel like the desert was only ours (much different from an afternoon visit – our guide said you almost have to fight for a spot to take a look at the scenery).
This excursion is a half-day tour, so after a great morning, it was time to go back to the hotel and rest for our next adventure….