How to visit Valle de la Muerte
Tips for enjoying the Valle de la Muerte tour
Like Valle de la Luna, Valle de La Muerte is not a 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.
To protect yourself and enjoy the ride, our suggestion is a jacket that isn’t too heavy and, if possible, is windproof. This model is a good option because, if you need to carry it during the walk, it won’t be a nuisance. It’s worth prioritizing closed, comfortable walking shoes, so you don’t get sand in them and you can walk more safely.
Outside of winter, temperatures tend to rise in the Valle de la Muerte region and it is possible to go on walks in cooler clothes. For this reason, it’s important to be aware of the time of your trip when preparing your suitcase.
It is also very important to always have a bottle of water, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen with you. The Valle de la Muerte region has intense sunlight and few shady spots, so it’s important to be protected – especially around midday.
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“Death Valley has one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Atacama Desert. You can see the volcanoes in the Andes and also the town of San Pedro de Atacama. It's not to be missed!”
Robson Franzoiauthor of the blog Um Viajante
“One of the most incredible places in the Atacama. Valle de la Muerte is well worth a visit, even if you only have a few days to spare. It's also a beautiful place to watch the sunset!”
Diogo Fernandespassionate about coffee and travel
“I've been to Valle de la Muerte a few times and it's always been special. It's one of my favorite places in the Atacama Desert. From the top you can see the mountain range and Licancabur, the most important volcano in the region.”
“Magical place in the Atacama Desert. I did the Valle de la Luna trek along with Valle de la Muerte and this was the place I liked best. The view is one of the most beautiful you'll have on your trip.”
“Valle de la Muerte was the place I enjoyed most in the Atacama... I always recommend it to anyone going on a trip. If you decide to go by bike, prepare your breath because pedaling at altitude isn't easy.”
“I highly recommend Valle de la Muerte!!! It's a special place that transmits a unique peace. I did the hike and it was incredible. A silence and a connection with nature that I'll never forget.”