The Atacama is the driest desert on the planet, and home to otherworldly landscapes found nowhere else on earth. On this half-day tour of Moon Valley, encounter the region’s most breathtaking vistas — from the jagged hills at Death Valley Lookout, to the salt-dusted rocks of Salt Canyon, to an unforgettable sunset over the dunes.
Located just outside of San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) is a protected nature sanctuary part of the National Flamingo Reserve. Moon Valley is filled with outstanding geological formations, formed by wind, salt, minerals, and rock over hundreds of thousands of years.
On this outstanding sunset tour, experience six of Moon Valley’s most iconic formations — from the seemingly lifeless Death Valley Lookout, to the eerie Salt Canyon, to the Tres Marias rock formations with their “heads” bowed in prayer, and more.
Your expert guide — trained in the region’s unique geology — will explain the fascinating natural history of this awesome landscape, as well as the legends that the otherworldly formations inspire. End your day with a front row seat to one of the best sunsets you will ever experience! Watch as the sun casts red, gold, and pink light over the brilliant lunar landscape.
Duration: 4-5 hours
Start/End Location: Designated meeting place in San Pedro (walkable from all area hotels)
Language Availability: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese
Tour Type: Small group (15-traveler maximum)
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
From September 8, 2019 to April 5, 2020 the meeting time is 3:45pm (15:45)
From April 5, 2020 to September 6, 2020 the meeting time is 2:50pm (14:50)
In the afternoon, meet your small group at the the tour office in San Pedro de Atacama (easy walking distance from all area hotels/hostels.) Together, you’ll make the short drive outside of San Pedro de Atacama and into the Moon Valley Natural Reserve.
During your tour, you’ll drive to various locations in Moon Valley and take short hikes to each of the view points. On your afternoon tour you’ll visit the following destinations with your local guide.
In order to reserve this tour, payment must be made to operator immediately. All bookings are final. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
ALTITUDE: Moon Valley is located at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level. This is relatively low to the majority of the nearby desert. This tour is not physically demanding, but it is important to note that for some travelers, even this tour could lead to altitude sickness.
Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, and drowsiness.
To avoid altitude sickness, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol, and eat frequent snacks.
WEATHER: Year-round, the Atacama Desert is hot and sunny during the day and very cold night. There is little to no chance of rain, and the desert has no “rainy season.” Radiation from the sun is very powerful.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.