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Valle de la Luna, Chile

Beyond the Atacama Desert in Chile lies a hidden gem that you don't want to miss - the Moon Valley. Located about 6 miles away from San Pedro de Atacama, Moon Valley boasts of stunning landscapes that were once considered impossible to exist on Earth. With towering sand dunes, jagged rock formations, and various shades of red and orange colors against the clear blue sky, Moon Valley is truly a sight to behold. If you're planning a trip to Chile anytime soon, then take a peek at what Moon Valley has to offer and why you should add it to your travel itinerary.

As you explore Moon Valley, be prepared to be awed by its surreal and otherworldly landscape. No, literally. The sand dunes here reach up to 393 feet high and are surrounded by sharp cliffs and canyons that give an illusion of standing on the moon's surface. The aptly named "Death Valley," a giant dune valley that stretches over 12 km, is one of the most breathtaking and unforgettable sights in Moon Valley.

Interestingly, Moon Valley also plays a role beyond its earthly allure. NASA conducts tests of its rovers in this lunar-like landscape. The resemblance to the moon's surface makes Moon Valley an ideal testing ground for rover missions, allowing scientists and engineers to simulate conditions similar to those encountered in space exploration.

Moon Valley is a year-round destination, but it's essential to plan your visit accordingly. During October to April, the weather is milder, and there's a higher chance of seeing some rainfall, which makes the landscape more colorful, and the air more refreshing. On the other hand, from May to September, the temperature drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit at night, but the clear skies during the day allow for excellent stargazing experiences.

Getting to Moon Valley is relatively easy, and you have multiple options to choose from. You can rent a car and drive the 6 miles from San Pedro de Atacama to Moon Valley. Alternatively, you can take a morning or afternoon group tour either by van or bicycle with a guide to take you through the valley and explain the different formations and their history.

Moon Valley is a destination that shouldn't be missed by anyone who loves adventure, natural wonders, and unique landscapes. With its otherworldly charm, breathtaking views, and plenty of activities, it will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip to Chile.


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