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Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the otherworldly landscape of the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) on an exciting excursion from San Pedro de Atacama. Marvel at sharp peaks, undulating sand dunes and rugged caverns as you journey through one of the driest and most diverse deserts on earth. Explore the area on foot with an interesting and insightful guide, ascending to the top of a vertiginous dune to watch one of the most spectacular sunsets you’ve ever witnessed.
  • Be wowed by the lunar-like landscape of the valley, which lies in the Salt Mountain Range
  • Explore its many geological formations, from canyons to caves to depressions, with a guide
  • Learn about its physical history at an onsite exhibition
  • From the top of a sand dune, watch the sunset cast a glow over the valley
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (from Hotels on the list)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan or bus
Professional guide
Gratuities
Entrance fee to Moon Valley - 4,000 Chilean pesos (approx. USD 7)

Departure Point

Ignacio Carrera Pinto 451, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile

Traveler pickup is offered
Remember that the Hotel pick up and drop off is included only on the following Hotels: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified

Departure Time

3:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from your San Pedro de Atacama hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin your journey into the heart of the desert. Relax during the scenic 8-mile (13-km) drive into the protected sanctuary of the Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley.)

Make a short stop to admire the unearthly landscape of the Crodillera de Sal (Salt Mountain Range), a rugged collection of canyons and sand dunes, before continuing to the entrance of the magnificent Moon Valley.

Pay the entrance fee (not included in the tour price) then begin browsing the enthralling exhibitions of the museum, gaining insight into the geology and ecology of this unique place. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide, venture to a small cave to explore the fascinating formation then ascend to the summit of a sand dune to watch the sun set over the valley. Climbing the dune only requires average physical fitness.

Watch the sun caress the gentle curves of the landscape as it makes it descent, casting an eerie orange glow over the sands. Appreciate the distinct beauty of the desert from this unique vantage point, and then return to the van for the relaxing ride back to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
San Pedro de Atacama
Your day trip from San Pedro de Atacama begins with hotel pickup from the Hotels on the pick up list (Hotels list with pick up included: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified.
Stop At:  
Cordillera de la Sal
The best place to enjoy the much anticipated Chilean sunset is in the Salt Mountain range, the location of the Mars and Moon valleys. The valleys contain a variety of stone, sand-like formations - a result of water and wind. As the sun sinks below the horizon, experience the wonder of the area and its close resemblance to the moon. In the evening, one of the most expected moments is the sunset and the best place to appreciate it is the mountain range of the Salt, with its Mars and Moon Valleys that are saline and sacrilegious conformations product of the mineralogical folding that has taken place for one hundred million years and that originated small mountains of capricious and sculptural forms that at sunset resemble a Lunar landscape. We will visit 3 main points, starting with a view to the Cordillera de la Sal in the Valley of death. Incredible landcapes from the desert we can find here, and amazing postals too!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Valle De La Luna
After the Cordillera de la Sal, we will visit the Licanantay viewpoint where you can see the mountains of salt from above. Beautiful landscapes, where the desert gives us the opportunity to see how great and incredible is it, full of colors and history behind its sand, rocks and mountains.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Valle De La Luna
Finally, we will visit the Valley of the Moon, where 3 sites are visited. First, a tour of the salt caves is subsequently the salt statues "Las Tres Marias", the amphitheater and the large sand dune in the central part of the Moon Valley. We wait for the sunset at the Coyote stone. After an incredible scenic sunset, we begin the trip back to your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
San Pedro de Atacama
Finally, after getting marvelled by the colors and the majesty of the desert, enjoying the sunset in the Moon Valley at the Coyote stone viewpoint, we will begin our trip back to San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes such as trekking pants, socks and trekking shoes, as you will be walking on sand
  • Please bring a windbreaker or jacket, gloves, and carry water, sunblock and sunglasses
  • Note: Please bring cash to pay for the entrance fees
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Remember that the Hotel pick up and drop off is included only on the following Hotels: Hosteria San Pedro de Atacama, Casa de don Tomas, Altiplánico, Kimal and Poblado Kimal, Cumbres, Iorana Tolache, NOI Casa Atacama, Don Raúl, Tulor). If your Hotel is not included on the list, please approximate directly to the meeting point located at Ignacio Carrera Pinto #451, San Pedro de Atacama, at the same time specified
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Chile

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  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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star-3
Great places. Too little time
mikesM7657DO
, Nov 2019
There were only two English speaking tourists in the bus and tour was almost all the time in Spanish. Too little time in every location. Sunset was the average. It is better to visit the moon valley without a tourist group and spend there one day.
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star-3
Underwhelming Experience
jackbG9038GG
, Aug 2019
Lots of Trip Advisor reviews highly recommend this tour, which is why we booked it, but it was very underwhelming. The sites were not as spectacular as others made out and this was disappointing. The guide was very enthusiastic and passionate but his English was not fantastic. I think this tour will be like Marmite, you either love it or you don’t.
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star-5
Beautiful tour.
Voyage68034802298
, Jun 2019
We took the sunset tour of moon valley and it was breath taking. The light reflected off the surrounding mountains is so beautiful. This was our second tour with the same guid. I’ve forgotten her name but she was very knowledgeable about the area and spoke excellent English. I would 100% recommend.
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star-2
A waste of time. Poor guides.
Paul N
, Nov 2018
Sure the moon valley is a must see, but don't bother with the sunset trip, rather visit in the morning or on your own. Collected from hotel at 3pm and got back to hotel at 8.30pm - could have been done in 3 to maybe 3.5 hours. Lots of aimless wandering and waiting with little direction or explanation from the guides. I had to listen in to other guided tours to get info.Large bus which was full with nearly 50 people.Sunset wasn't really worth it. Maybe watching the colours change as the sun was setting was interesting, but we reached the view point only minutes before the sun hit the horizon. View point was packed with hundreds of people.Worst tour ever! Don't bother.
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star-4
Very good Moon Valley tour...
John W
, Nov 2017
Very good Moon Valley tour, excellent guide, fantastic formations . Sunset a bit disappointing as we were expecting more colour changes. Quite a steep climb up the sand dune.
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star-4
Recommended, well organized, nice...
Nina K
, Feb 2017
Recommended, well organized, nice guide, clean and safe car, good timing, great landscape and view points. For improvment: could provide details on the geological and cultural background of the area, spend less time at the 'tres marias' but more time to walk up the big dune. Overall highly recommended trip.
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star-2
Tour was okay, got good pictures...
Dhishan K
, Dec 2015
Tour was okay, got good pictures, but felt the tour was a little too rushed and there were just too many people in the bus to have a unique experience. The sunset was so late that we just waited for 2 hours at the end doing nothing. Also many times, a lot of time was consumed waiting for people to get on to the bus. I wish they had a smaller group. Some of the hikes were reasonably uphill, so I would not say it is a cake walk with children.
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A 2 star rating for the spectaculat...
Helead
, Jun 2015
A 2 star rating for the spectaculat scenery, but zero for the guide. He had to be reminded to explain ings in English as well as Spanish, and delayed our viewing of Death Valley with a long drawn out story concerning his grandfather, while the othe spanish speaking visitos were able to look around. We then had 5 minutes to see features of the valley before getting back on the bus.On arrival in Moon Valley carpark, we were route marched to the top of the ridge, with no explaination of the geology along the way. He appeared disintersted, and mentioned he had been guiding for 10 years - perhaps it is time for new career.
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Having been on over a dozen tours...
Wesley S
, Dec 2014
Having been on over a dozen tours across South America, I had found this Moon Valley Tour run by Turistour to be unsatisfactory. To begin with, I had not expected such a large group (of 16+) and such little intimacy. It didn't help that our guide, Leonardo, turned out not to be much of a guide. He lagged behind much of the way and failed to direct the majority of the group. With the itinerary I had expected drop-dropping landscapes, and the experience had fallen much short of what i had imagined. Luckily the sunset finale at Moon Valley had saved me from ripping my hairs out. The exotic crevasses in the valley gradually mutated in iridescent shades into darkness as the sun descended on to the horizon. Was it worth the USD$30 i had splashed out? Definitely not.
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star-5
É um passeio que precisa ser feito...
matheuslima3
, Feb 2018
É um passeio que precisa ser feito. Não tem como ir ao Atacama e deixar de conhece o Valle de la Luna. Uma paisagem única e de tirar o folego.
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