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Moon Valley Chile (Valle de la Luna) Half Day Tour

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.

4.71 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)
USD $42.00

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Encounter the Otherworldly Desert Landscapes of Chile’s Moon Valley

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.

Highlights

  • Discover one of the Atacama desert’s most iconic destinations
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the landscape from your expert guide trained in geology.
  • Enjoy the intimacy of a small group tour (rather than the more common large bus tours
  • Encounter fierce landscapes unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Tour Information

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

Itinerary

At 15:45 pm, 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.

  • Mirador de Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley Lookout)
  • Mirador de Kari (Kari Lookout)
  • Cañon de Sal (Salt Canyon)
  • Duna Mayor (Biggest Dune)
  • Tres Marías (Three Marys)
  • Cavernas de Sal (Salt Caves) (optional)

What’s Included

  • Sunset snacks and drinks
  • Bilingual guide

What’s Not Included

  • Park entry fee ($3,000 CLP / ~$5.00 USD).

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Multiple layers
  • Lightweight long-sleeved shirt (to prevent burn)
  • Sunblock
  • Hat or cap for sun
  • Snacks

Important Notes

In order to reserve this tour, payment must be made to operator immediately. All bookings are final. Please contact us at info@keteka.com 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.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

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    Our guide took us to the places within the valley with the least other tourists around and the best views. She explained the history and geology of the area, and prepared a filling meal of sandwiches, fruits, cake, chips and more that we ate as we watched the sunset. I highly recommend this tour, as you can learn so much about the landscape!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

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    A ton of people head to Moon Valley around sunset, and I really appreciated our guide making the effort to avoid the biggest crowds. She took us to some of the places that would get busiest first to try and beat the rush, and then to some less-crowded places as the park progressively filled. The tour was nice and laid-back, as our guide provided us plenty of information but also gave us time to wander on our own

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

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    This was a great experience. Our tour guide really wanted us get the most out of the tour while seeing the best areas. We even had some snacks before the sunset! Great tour for family’s!!

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

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    There were more people here than other places. This is a very popular place to go especially for the sunset. The sunset was pretty but personally, think there are much better places to watch from. The guide was very good and took us to places that she thought were the highlights of the valley.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    This tour was a blast! Our guide helped us avoid the large gatherings of tourists and made sure we got to see all of the best spots in La Valle De La Luna. The snacks provided were filling and delicious! The sunset was not in the best location due to the multitudes of people, but overall it was an amazing tour that I would recommend to anyone!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

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    Stunning lookout points. Our guide gathered us and pointed out all the amazing natural points surrounding us. Also got to experience the Cavernas de Sal with little headlights that our tour guide provided for everyone. Finally, ended the day watching the gorgeous sun set behind the mountains. Our tour guide let us know what to look out for and shared his favorite parts; it was absolutely amazing watching the landscape (mountains) and sky change colors during the sunset.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

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    This was my favorite tour of the trip! Our guide was fantastic and even took us to a hidden, off the beaten path part of the valley. The view was incredible! We felt like we were walking on Mars. The tour offered so much more than I expected. The sunset on top of the dune topped it off!

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