Valley of the Moon in Chile is located 17 km west of San Pedro de Atacama, an old mining town that has, over time, become a very popular tourist destination. In addition to the Valle de la Luna, it is also a convenient base for visiting Atacama Salt Lake, Licancabur Volcano, El Tatio geysers, and many other natural wonders.
Not a single drop of water has fallen onto the Valley of the Moon in hundreds of years, thus the wind-sculpted salt statues inhabiting its eerie bowl have continued their slow, centuries-old dance uninterrupted. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to visit this area as the conditions allow the valley`s light dusting of salt and metallic minerals to shimmer all around, at times actually giving the illusion of movement.
The town of San Pedro de Atacama is remarkable for its age, inhabited for at least 10,000 years and considered Chile`s most important archaeological treasure, with museums and sites worth visiting. Expertly guided treks and tours are easily arranged allowing you to experience this natural wonder both safely and to the full.
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