Valley of the Moon
The Valley of the Moon is a fascinating area, dotted with sand and stone formations which floods and winds have shaped for thousands of years, creating a series of soft desert colours. Many small hills and impressive sharp peaks characterise this place.
Of incomparable beauty, is a marvellous natural phenomenon that was created by the meeting of the cordillera and the desert, and by landslides from the cordillera ravines which softly changed the gradient of its slopes. It resembles a fragment of lunar landscape and on moonlit nights, the Valley presents an indescribable impressive sight, full of majesty, silence and icy beauty.
It has been declared a Natural Sanctuary and is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, located in the Cordillera de la Sal (salt cordillera). It is situated west of San Pedro de Atacama on the old road to Calama, south of the new highway. This place is, deservedly, one of the most visited of the area, not only because of its accessibility, but also for its beauty. The tour is recommended at dusk, when you can climb the sand dunes to take in the beauty of the surroundings.