How to visit Valle de la Luna
Located next to the Cordillera del Sal, the Valle de la Luna reveals incredible and inspiring scenery. Among the most famous sights, the Grand Auditorium stands out on the horizon. The formation created by time looks like a handmade sculpture and impresses even from afar.
Another famous spot in Valle de La Luna are the formations called Tres Marias. Discovered by the Jesuit Gustavo Le Paige, they can be seen from a safe distance, as one of them was knocked down by a tourist.
Each traveler has the freedom to decide how they prefer to explore Valle de la Luna, and each agency tries to offer a different experience. Among the options are bike rides or even trekking.
Although the presence of a guide is not compulsory, having someone who knows the area will provide a complete tour and explanations during the visit.
Tips for enjoying the Valle de a Luna
Valle de la Luna is not a very high altitude walk, being 2.500 meters above sea level – the same altitude as the town of San Pedro de Atacama. If you choose a tour that starts very early in the morning or includes sunset, take some clothing to protect yourself during the coldest times of the day.
Our suggestion is a jacket that isn’t too heavy, if possible one that is windproof. That way, if you have to carry it during your walk, it won’t be a bother. Prioritize closed, comfortable walking shoes, so you don’t get sand in them and you can walk more safely.
During the day, temperatures tend to rise in the Valle de la Luna region and it’s possible to take the tours in cooler clothes. Of course, it’s important to be aware of the time of your trip.
Always take a bottle of water with you and don’t forget your sunglasses, hat and sunscreen. The Valle de la Luna region has intense sunlight and few shady spots, so it’s important to be protected – especially around midday.
If you haven’t booked your hotel yet, we recommend booking in advance. Find the best hotels and book here.
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Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante
“Valle de la Luna is one of my favorite places in the Atacama Desert. It's worth a visit! If possible, take a hike and explore this place that seems like another world.”
Diogo Fernandespassionate about coffee and travel
“Valle de la Luna was the first place I visited in the Atacama. It's a place with incredible energy and where I fell in love with the desert. It can't be left out of any itinerary.”
“The Valley of the Moon is an incredible place in the Atacama Desert. I went for a morning hike followed by a walk through the Valley of Mars on my first day there. Wonderful!”
“Don't miss Valle de la Luna. A beautiful place in the Atacama Desert near San Pedro. Avoid midday as the sun gets very hot. It's well worth a visit.”
“The trekking in the valle de la luna is amazing and perfect to include on the same day as the valle de la muerte. They are the most famous tours in Atacama. It's worth taking a guided tour to get to the best spots.”