Moon Valley Tours

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With its parched desert plains and wind-sculpted topography, it’s easy to see how Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) earned its name. The sharp sandstone peaks, glittering salt deposits, and crater-like depressions make for some dramatic photographs, and watching the sunset over the valley is an unforgettable experience.  

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.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Moon Valley 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.

How to Get There
Moon Valley 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.

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. 

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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Address: Ruta B-241, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: Free
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4-Day San Pedro de Atacama Desert Adventure

This 4-day tour of the Atacama Desert takes the planning and guesswork out of exploring the region’s highlights. Your guide accompanies you to the otherworldly landscape and salt caves at Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), vibrantly colored red rock formations Chaxa Lagoon, and off-the-beaten-track sites that you might miss on your own. All transportation is included with daily hotel pickup and drop-off, so you can choose your own accommodation and meals to suit your tastes.
  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Day Best of Atacama: Moon Valley, Tatio Geysers and Altiplanics Lagoons

Most visitors to San Pedro de Atacama just take a day trip into the desert, but you can thoroughly explore Atacama on this four-day tour. See the desert's most spectacular sights, including the Moon Valley and El Tatio geysers, and choose from three types of accommodation to suit your budget.
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Moon Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Atacama Express: 2-Day tour visiting Tatio Geysers & the Moon Valley

Most visitors to San Pedro de Atacama only see the wonders of the surrounding Atacama Desert on a day trip. Get a more in-depth view on this two-day excursion. Explore the desert's spectacular landscapes, including the Moon Valley and El Tatio geysers, and choose from three different types of accommodation to suit your budget.
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Moon valley tour

The Valley of the Moon in the Atacama Desert is a popular excursion from San Pedro de Atacama, but you can avoid the crowds on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Leaving in the afternoon, you will arrive in time to experience the sunset, which casts a warm glow over the valley and makes for excellent photo opportunities.
  • Duration: 4 to 12 hours
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7-Day Atacama & Salta: Humahuaca-Purmamarca, Cafayate, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars. Leaving Argentina, see the best of  Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and visit towns such as Purmamarca, Tilcara and Humahuaca. Visit the town of Cafayate, in the heart of Argentina's northern wine region in the Calchaqui Valley. 
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7-Day Best of Atacama & Salta - Humahuaca, Salt Flats, Moon Valley, Tatio Geyser

Explore the north of Argentina and Chile on this 7-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world. Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geyser (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars. Leaving Argentina, see the best of  Salta, one of traveler’s favorite cities. Visit the Salt Flats and Purmamarca, tour along the Humahuaca Gorge (a UNESCO Heritage Site) and discover the famous Pucara de Tilcara, among others.
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4-Day Classic Atacama - Moon Valley & Geysers del Tatio

4-Day tour getting to know San Pedro de Atacama, a small town in the driest desert of the world! Little adobe houses and cozy restaurants are the base to explore one of Chile’s most spectacular sceneries: The Moon Valley, Salt Mountain Range, El Tatio Geysers (geothermal field), sand dunes, thermal waters and a totally clear sky full of stars.
  • Duration: 4 days
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