Are you looking for a tourist experience out of this world?

We invite you to discover the Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert, Chile, where happiness and adrenaline come together to offer you an unforgettable journey. This place is one of the hidden treasures of our planet, with astonishing landscapes and a unique magic that will captivate you.


How to get to the Valley of the Moon?

It is located just 15 kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama, following the road towards Calama, 300 meters from the signposted entrance that will take you directly to the location. You can reach the Valley of the Moon in your own vehicle or through tours offered by destination agencies.

Tours usually come with an experienced tour guide who will enhance your journey and provide valuable information during the visit. If you are a cycling enthusiast, you can also visit the Valley of the Moon, but keep in mind that various providers offer bicycle rental services to get there.


What is the best time to visit the Valley of the Moon?

One advantage of this destination is that every season of the year has its charm. The months from March to June and from September to December, during autumn and spring, offer pleasant weather for exploration. If you want to enjoy the lagoons, the warm months of January and February are ideal. On the other hand, if you are an astronomy enthusiast, July and August offer clearer skies, making it the perfect time to admire constellations at their best.


How much time is needed to explore the Valley of the Moon?

Keep in mind that the Valley of the Moon is extensive. From the entrance to the valley itself, there are 17 kilometers, and if you want to explore all the circuits, you will need to cover another 12 kilometers. The total time for your visit will vary depending on the type of transportation you choose and the depth of your exploration. In general, we recommend reserving at least two hours to visit the main attractions, including the Mirador, the Three Marias, the Amphitheater (subject to availability), and the Salt Cave.

If you want to hike in the Devil's Ravines, which comprise a route of approximately 10 kilometers (round trip), estimate between 3 and 4 hours to complete it.

Located between 1,200 and 1,800 meters above sea level, Valle de la Luna was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982.

Valley of the Moon

Discover the Valley of the Moon on Earth: What to see and do?

Located between 1,200 and 1,800 meters above sea level, the Valley of the Moon was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982. Upon arrival, you will encounter an impressive geological formation that will make you understand why its natural beauty attracts visitors from around the world. In this desert, sedimentary rocks are infused with minerals such as salt, clay, chlorate, and gypsum. The Valley of the Moon is a place destined for the contemplation of a silent spectacle, without flora, fauna, or moisture.

Remember that it's not just about the destination but the journey you take. Connecting with nature and appreciating its colors, textures, and geological designs is magical and will allow you to fall even more in love with our planet Earth.


Are you ready to embark on the journey? Below, we present five activities you can do in the Valley of the Moon:

  1. Excursions: Enjoy the beauty of the landscape and explore fascinating geological formations on exciting tours.

  2. Trekking: There are various hiking routes in the Valley of the Moon that will allow you to explore the landscape and geological processes on foot. As you walk, you can observe the varied range of colors and the majestic sky.

  3. Photograph: The unique ecosystem of the Valley of the Moon will make you feel like you're in another world. Therefore, photography is essential to capture its beauty.

  4. Visit to the Licanantay Viewpoint: Here, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Valley of the Moon in all its splendor. You will be breathless, not only for reaching this point but for the spectacular landscape that unfolds before your eyes.

  5. Visit to the Amphitheater (subject to availability): This is a geological phenomenon that looks like a natural amphitheater and is one of the main attractions. Here, you can appreciate how nature has sculpted this unique stage.

Don't forget to include a visit to the Three Marias and the Canyon. After exploring the Valley of the Moon, you will understand why its energy is incomparable. You will feel satisfied after enjoying its vast sand dunes, valleys, and salt hills.
 

Stay near the Valley of the Moon

If you want to complete your experience with a convenient location that allows you to enjoy the night in San Pedro, we invite you to our Hotel Don Raúl, located in the center of San Pedro de Atacama. Here, we offer all the necessary services for you to have a restful break and feel connected to the place you are exploring.

In our hotel, you will find various room options, all with services such as breakfast at the Agua Loca restaurant, private bathroom, closet, towels, and air conditioning in Plus category rooms. Additionally, we will provide you with recommendations for tours of the Valley of the Moon, and you can reserve your spot directly on our website or at the hotel reception.

For more information about our hotel and room options, please visit www.donraul.cl/habitaciones. Our doors are open to you.

If you want to learn more about available tourist plans, find additional information at www.donraul.cl/tours

Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the Valley of the Moon and San Pedro de Atacama!