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Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) Tours and Activities

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Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)
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 (Valle de la Luna) 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 (Valle de la Luna) 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.
Address: Ruta B-241, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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47 Tours and Activities to Experience Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna)

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San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Valle de la Luna, Afternoon Tour

San Pedro de Atacama: Half day Valle de la Luna, Afternoon Tour

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Marvel over the startling topography of Chile’s Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) on this 4-hour afternoon tour from San Pedro de Atacama. Keep your camera close to hand as you journey through the desert, past unique rock formations and mesmerizing multi-hued cliffs. Discover the park’s geological wonders as you peek inside a salt cave, see natural landmarks like the Tres Marias statues, then watch the sunset from the top of the Great Dune.
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  • 4 hours
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Valle de La Luna

Valle de La Luna

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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.
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  • 4 to 12 hours
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$55.00
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Moon Valley

Moon Valley

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Venture into Chile's Moon Valley without the hassle of arranging your own transport on this guided tour from San Pedro de Atacama. In a small group limited to just 15 people, explore the lunar landscape, shaped by wind and water over millions of years, of the driest desert in the world. Cap off the tour watching the sun set, casting a red glow over the landscape in nearby Death Valley. Includes pickup and drop-off from select hotels.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Moon Valley Tour & Death Valley Safari style by Grade 10

Moon Valley Tour & Death Valley Safari style by Grade 10

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Traveling routes with us you can become part of nature and also enjoy great comfort, security and an excellent service. In an exclusive safari-style bus, with reclining seats and an unparalleled panoramic view, we will take you to the most spectacular places in the Atacama Desert, such as the Moon Valley and the Death Valley. In the valley of the moon & death valley tour you can see the Atacama desert in its maximum splendor from the top of a dune until we enter the valley of death. Enjoy on the tour a rich orange soda with ice to pass the heat and continue enjoying. Finally you can enjoy all the safari style of a sunset that will leave you impressed by its beauty and colors.
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  • 5 hours
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$30.77
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3 Days and 4 Tours in San Pedro de Atacama

3 Days and 4 Tours in San Pedro de Atacama

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 This plan is for those who visit San Pedro de Atacama for 3 days, that their flight to Calama arrives on Day 1 of the program (before 12:00) and their flight from Calama leaves on Day 3 (after 16:00) . In case your flight to Calama arrives at a date before Day 1 of the plan and / or your flight from Calama leaves at a date after Day 3 of the plan, you can also book it, selecting the date you want to make the first tour and modifying in the next reservation step. CONDITIONS AND REFUND POLICIES. NO REFUND Our agency has no responsibility in case of force majeure situations such as: CLIMATE CONDITIONS, Earthquakes, Epidemics, Diseases, strikes, wars, government restrictions or any other event beyond our control. Day 1 15:30 to 20:30: Tour to Valle de la Luna. Day 2 06:30 to 14:00: Tour to Altiplanic Lagoons, Laguna Chaxa, Toconao and Socaire. Day 3 05:30 to 12:00: Tour to Geysers del Tatio and Machuca.
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  • 3 days
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San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Days Magic Desert Adventure

San Pedro de Atacama: 4-Days Magic Desert Adventure

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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.
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  • 4 days
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Moon Valley & Death Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

Moon Valley & Death Valley Tour from San Pedro de Atacama

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Moon Valley and Death Valley are two of the most popular day trip destinations from San Pedro de Atacama, and this day trip lets you experience them both with one easy booking. Hike through the out-of-this-world landscape in the Valley of the Moon, get the chance to sandboard in Death Valley, and then watch the sunset over the desert from a lookout point in the Salt Mountains.
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  • 5 hours
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Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) excursion

Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) excursion

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Do you imagine how would it be to walk on a place that was once an ocean? The region of the Valley of the Moon, is, according to the geologists, an old oceanic floor. The result is an unforgetable landscape. This amazing place seems from another world. Heavy winds, salt carverns and rock formations with unusual morphology complete this scenery. And all that, only 17kms away from San Pedro. It´s a place you cannot miss.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Valle de la luna

Valle de la luna

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We will leave from San Pedro towards the Valley of the Moon at 4:00 pm, we will make our first stop in the salt caverns, which are formed by the erosion of water on salt. Later we will make a trekking through the interior of the valley, visiting different places like; The three Marias, the amphitheater and the great sand dune to finally wait for the sunset at the Kari Viewpoint, after sunset we will return to the municipal parking lot located one block from the Plaza de Armas
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  • 5 hours
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Half day Valle de la Luna - San Pedro de Atacama

Half day Valle de la Luna - San Pedro de Atacama

On our tour to the Valley of the Moon, enjoy a sunset from another planet, visiting the Tres Marias, the Canyon, the Amphitheater and the Coyote Stone.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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8-Days Unique Experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island

8-Days Unique Experience in San Pedro de Atacama & Easter Island

This is a unique experience in which you will get to know the "musts" of these two incredible destinations in Chile, San Pedro de Atacama and Easter Island. This tour has the assistance of the best local guides, to know in depth not only the landscapes, but also the culture and secrets of the destinations. IMPORTANT NOTE: According to the times we are living these days, this experience can be customized as per your interest and can also be provided in private service for an extra cost. If you are interested in doing this experience privately, please let us know and we will quote.
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  • 8 days
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4-Days Trip to Discover San Pedro de Atacama

4-Days Trip to Discover San Pedro de Atacama

Chile’s Atacama Desert is home to some of the world’s most unique landscapes and animals. Over the course of four days, discover the cultures, fauna and flora, and history of the world’s driest desert. This small-group tour is perfect for first-time visitors and offers a comprehensive look at the Atacama Desert.
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  • 4 days
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3-Days Trip to Discover San Pedro de Atacama

3-Days Trip to Discover San Pedro de Atacama

Get ready to experience 3 awesome days trip in San Pedro de Atacama! The Atacama Desert, cradle of ancestor cultures, and oasis that give life to the most arid desert in the world. We invite you to explore unique landscapes, full of colors: salt flats, geysers, lagoons and more.
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  • 3 days
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Unique and Unforgettable Experience

Unique and Unforgettable Experience

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Our purpose is to provide our clients with responsible tourism through relaxed travel experiences that exceed their expectations based on our quality of service, professionalism and passion for the details of our staff.
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 San Pedro de Atacama All inclusive 5 Nights Hotel + 4 Tours + Flight

 San Pedro de Atacama All inclusive 5 Nights Hotel + 4 Tours + Flight

Guiastours is formed and created to satisfy the foreign tourist, born from the need of the passenger to provide them with a service of excellence in tourism, being their professional trainers in the area of tourism. Our work philosophy is oriented to the total quality of the service and delivery of knowledge to make your stay an unforgettable trip, with a guaranteed international prestige. Our teamwork with personalized service for both individual and group trips is of excellence, to offer a serious and responsible service for those who visit us. We have a team of tourism professionals, a staff of guides in different languages and a fleet of modern vehicles. Chile is a country that offers a variety of destinations that deserve to be visited, where we offer all the routes, we also have an excellent hotel infrastructure, excellent restaurants, along with the friendliness of the Chilean people.
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  • 3 days
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2 Moon Valley Tours with Cocktail and Altiplanic Lagoons with Breakfast

2 Moon Valley Tours with Cocktail and Altiplanic Lagoons with Breakfast

We are the best local suppliers in the region to make sure your next trip is a safe, personalized and exceptional experience. Our prices are not higher than what you will find at destination. We do not charge management fees. We accompany you before, during and after your trip to immediately address all your doubts and requirements, in your language and through the service channel you prefer. and we are the only ones with cocktail in Valle de la Luna
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  • 4 hours
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4 Unmissable Tour in the Desert

4 Unmissable Tour in the Desert

We are the best local suppliers in the region to make sure your next trip is a safe, personalized and exceptional experience. Our prices are not higher than what you will find at destination. We do not charge management fees. We accompany you before, during and after your trip to immediately address all your doubts and requirements, in your language and through the service channel you prefer. Tours in all languages. General conditions; Our agency has no responsibility in case of force majeure situations such as: earthquakes, epidemics, diseases, weather, strikes, wars, government restrictions or any other event out of control.
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5 Fantastic in Atacama Desert in 3 Days

5 Fantastic in Atacama Desert in 3 Days

We are the best local suppliers in the region to make sure your next trip is a safe, personalized and exceptional experience. Our prices are not higher than what you will find at destination. We do not charge management fees. We accompany you before, during and after your trip to immediately address all your doubts and requirements, in your language and through the service channel you prefer.
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  • 3 days
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 The 3 Best Selling Tours San Pedro de Atacama

 The 3 Best Selling Tours San Pedro de Atacama

We are the ones who will make your next trip unforgettable to make it a safe, personalized and exceptional experience. We accompany you before, during and after your trip to immediately address all your doubts and requirements, in your language and through the service channel you prefer.  We have multiple destinations and we can customize your experience, with Private Tours. Come We wait for you .... We do Everything.
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  • 3 days
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Private Photography Tours

Private Photography Tours

it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth and we like to invite you to photograph with us the country’s largest salt flat surrounded by volcanoes, fields of steaming geysers, landscapes that resemble the surface of the moon, unique flora and fauna, and incredible sunsets. In the middle of an incredible range of landscapes, we will provide great photographic experience, taking you there at the right time. If you don’t have experience, our photo guide can help you with the settings so that you can take home the most spectacular pictures. This program is designed for photographers of all skills and experience It is for anyone passionate about nature photography and adventure
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Valley of the Moon & Valley of Mars [a.m. PRIVATE]

Valley of the Moon & Valley of Mars [a.m. PRIVATE]

In the morning, half-day excursion: Modality: Panorama // hiking. Total duration: from 3 to 4 hours. Distance: about 20 km. Meals included: none. The visit to the Valley of the Moon and the Valley of Mars is a "must do" in the region. It is located at 2,500 meters above sea level and only ten minutes by car from San Pedro de Atacama. Here we will visit part of the Cordillera de la Sal, which is actually the set of folds and hills where these two valleys meet. A topography carved by rain and wind for millions of years allows us to see different layers of highly soluble sediments such as clay, sand, conglomerates and different types of salt; creating a unique and fascinating landscape. The reddish and muddy tones interspersed with white layers illuminated by the intense sun of the Atacama Desert, create a unique landscape that seems from another planet, and that in turn is framed by the imposing Andes Mountain Range, the backbone of America.
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Private Program 3 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

Private Program 3 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

I see tourism as an art that requires dedication in details and elegance in its execution; each program is special and each excursion an opportunity to meet with the enjoyment of life and its beauty. That is why I only dedicate myself to organizing and guiding private programs, fostering an intimate and authentic encounter with the environment. This is a short, three-day excursion program, with some classic tour options such as Valle de la Luna and Tatio Geysers and other less visited ones that are really worth knowing and including. All the tours have their "particular touch": avoid the schedules of greater flow of tourists; tour other sectors less visited and of great tourist value; share a picnic surrounded by wonderful landscapes; or simply share good moments of conversation and silence while touring San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. If that is what you are looking for in a trip, do not hesitate to contact me.
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  • 3 days
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Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

Private Program 4 Days / San Pedro De Atacama

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This is a 4 day program, ideal minimum stay to enjoy the region. The emblematic Valley of the Moon receives them the first day; the Rainbow Valley shows us another color of the desert; and from the second day we enter the vast Andean Altiplano that gives us some of the innumerable postcards that this territory offers. All the tours have their "particular touch": avoid the schedules of greater flow of tourists; tour other sectors less visited and of great value; share a picnic surrounded by nature; or simply share moments of conversation and silence while touring San Pedro de Atacama and its surroundings. I see tourism as an art that requires dedication in details and elegance in its execution; each program is special and each excursion an opportunity to meet with the enjoyment of life and its beauty. That's why I enjoy organizing and guiding private programs, fostering an intimate and authentic encounter with the environment.
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  • 4 days
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Private Atacama Photo tours

Private Atacama Photo tours

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- Photographer-guided activity / certified local guide - Reliable information of each place to visit -Places to take pictures with the best views -Help if you want to learn to take photography -Totally customizable itineraries and places -Itineraries and special places and very little known if requested -Homemade meals to give the excursion a family atmosphere -Satisfaction guaranteed
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  • 10 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) hours of operation?
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Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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