Valle de la Luna; a Trip to the Moon

Valle de la Luna; a Trip to the Moon

There's a place in #Chile that looks so otherworldly, it's named #MoonValley, or Valle de la Luna. The #landscape is foreign, and perfect for a day getaway with other #active travellers. Take a trip out here and see if you spot animal shapes in the rocks like so many others have.


Valle de la Luna, Chile

Only 40 minutes south of the hectic La Paz, a bizarre landscape of eroded rock and clay takes shape. Known as Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), the jagged hills look like they belong in a space movie.

Eroded by centuries of wind and weather, the Valle de la Luna has transformed from a mountain into a breathtaking valley with sharp, odd formations piled high on top of one another. Many claim to see the shapes of animals and humans carved into the rocks of this lunar landscape. 

Many claim to see the shapes of animals and humans carved into the rocks of this lunar landscape

That wasn’t the case for me, though.

Eroded rocks forming an amazing scenery
Overwhelmed by the depth of the rocks

It took us about 1 hour to walk around the place and take tons of silly pictures.

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Valle de la Luna, Chile Tour

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All in all, visiting Valle de la Luna was a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of La Paz, and both Pernille and I loved exploring this crater-like landscape.

Hey there! Nice rocks!
Wooden bridge over the rocks
Visiting Valle de la Luna was a unique escape from the hustle and bustle of La Paz
Breathtaking view
Breathtaking view
A photo op was in order
A photo op was in order

Cactus Land

The area has 32 species of cactus, including the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus that has been used in traditional medicine, healing and religious divination for over 3,000 years. You see it on the picture below to the right.

San Pedro cactus has been used in traditional medicine, healing and religious divination for over 3,000 years
Cute cactus!
Cactus land!

How to get There

We’d read on Lonely Planet that there had been reported muggings, so we opted for a private tour. Seen in retrospect, I would have taken the bus as it seemed safe and the tour was overprized.

Valle de la Luna is easily accessible from La Paz, and it makes an easy day trip which doesn’t require much time or effort. Just hop on any bus headed toward Mallasa, and ask the driver to let you out at the right spot.

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