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Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)
Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

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Ruta B-241, San Pedro de Atacama

The Basics

Located just outside the town of San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley is the main attraction for most visitors to the Atacama Desert. Half-day tours typically set out in the afternoon, leaving time to explore the valley’s natural wonders before climbing to the top of Big Dune to watch the sunset over the lunar landscapes below.

Guided tours that include Valley of the Moon often stop at nearby attractions such as Atacama Salt Lake (Salar de Atacama), Salt Mountain Range (Cordillera de la Sal), and the Tres Marías rock formations, while multi-day tours leave time to explore such farther-flung sights as the Red Stone Desert, Cejar Lagoon, and the El Tatio geyser field.

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Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama
Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama
$66.50 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Stunning scenic beauty
I was the oldest member of the group, but the guide was very accommodating, lending me his walking pole to help me over the tricky bits of the walk.
Hilary_S, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in San Pedro de Atacama

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Very unique landscapes
caroh88, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama
Wonderful and very unique landscapes. Thanks to our guide Dani that made this half day unforgettable.
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An Amazing time at Moon Valley
Michelle_C, Apr 2022
Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama
Moon Valley has such unique & amazing landscape that is out of this world. And the sunset over the valley is simply magnificent ! Our tour guide Philippe is engaging & gave a great tour in both Spanish & English. Truly have an amazing time at the Moon Valley!
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Great views, awesome guide
Rachel_B, Jul 2022
Small-Group Tour to Moon Valley from San Pedro de Atacama
We had such a great time doing the Valle de la Luna trip! Whipala tours did a great job of communicating with us leading up to the tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us on schedule to reach the final overlook by sunset. We had previously considered doing the valle de la luna (moon valley/ valle de la muerte) by bike- but after talking to a few friends who unfortunately didn’t make it to all the sites due to the elevation, I’m glad we chose this tour instead (we did this tour our first day so hadn’t acclimated yet). Would absolutely recommend!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Moon Valley(Valle de la Luna) and the Atacama Desert are must-visits for nature lovers.

  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water as there’s little shade in the desert, but bring warm clothing for the evening hours too, as temperatures can drop quickly, even in summer.

  • Most of the desert roads are unpaved and the terrain uneven, so a 4WD is advisable, and comfortable walking shoes are a must.

  • Cell phone service is scarce throughout the desert, and Wi-Fi is only available at a few hotels in San Pedro de Atacama.

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How to Get There

Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)lies at the heart of the Atacama Desert in northeastern Chile, around 11 miles (17 kilometers) west of the town of San Pedro de Atacama. There’s no public transport to the valley itself, although regular taxis, shared taxis, and tours run from San Pedro de Atacama. The closest airport is in Calama, from which buses run to San Pedro de Atacama, 60 miles (98 kilometers) away. You can rent cars in town.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to explore Moon Valley is during the summer months (December–February), but winter (June–August) visits can be equally rewarding, although temperatures can plummet below freezing at night. Sticking around until sunset is a must, and most tours set out in the afternoon to ensure a sunset view.

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Los Flamencos National Reserve

Moon Valley is part of Los Flamencos National Reserve, although the main reserve actually lies around two hours’ drive east of valley. Additional park highlights include a hike around the Tara Salt Flat (Salar de Tara), bird-watching at the Miscanti and Miñiques lagoons, and the tamarugo forest of Toconao. Common wildlife sightings include Chilean, James, and Andean flamingos, as well as vicunas and red foxes.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)?
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What else should I know about attractions in San Pedro de Atacama?
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