- 5 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
See the unearthly landscape of the Valle de la Luna — Moon Valley — on a tour from San Pedro de Atacama. One of the driest places on the planet, the valley is made up of dunes, caverns, sharp peaks and natural depressions, creating an unbelievable moon-like scene in the Salt Mountain Range. With a guide, you’ll explore the area on foot, checking out caves, canyons and climbing a dune for a sunset view that will take your breath away.
- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Led by a local guide
- The pick up is included from your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, remember that it haves to be nearby the town. If your Hotel is located outside the pick up location, we will be letting you know by email how we can arrange it.
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Professional guide
- Entrance fee to Moon Valley - 4,000 Chilean pesos (approx. USD 7)
The pick up is included from your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama, remember that it haves to be nearby the town. If your Hotel is located outside the pick up location, we will be letting you know by email how we can arrange it.
Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
Returns to the same location where you were picked up
The best place to enjoy the much anticipated Chilean sunset is in the Salt Mountain range, the location of the Mars and Moon valleys. The valleys contain a variety of stone, sand-like formations - a result of water and wind. As the sun sinks below the horizon, experience the wonder of the area and its close resemblance to the moon.
In the evening, one of the most expected moments is the sunset and the best place to appreciate it is the mountain range of the Salt, with its Mars and Moon Valleys that are saline and sacrilegious conformations product of the mineralogical folding that has taken place for one hundred million years and that originated small mountains of capricious and sculptural forms that at sunset resemble a Lunar landscape.
Our journey begins with pick up from your selected Hotel from 15:00 (winter time) or 15:30 (summer time). We will visit 3 main points, starting with a view to the Cordillera de la Sal in the Valley of death. Then we visit the Licanantay viewpoint where you can see the mountains of salt from above. Finally, we will visit the Valley of the Moon, where 3 sites are visited. First, a tour of the salt caves is subsequently the salt statues "Las Tres Marias", the amphitheater and the large sand dune in the central part of the Moon Valley. We wait for the sunset at the Coyote stone. After an incredible scenic sunset, we begin the trip back to your Hotel in San Pedro de Atacama.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothes such as trekking pants, socks and trekking shoes, as you will be walking on sand
- Please bring a windbreaker or jacket, gloves, and carry water, sunblock and sunglasses
- Note: Please bring cash to pay for the entrance fees
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Sure the moon valley is a must see, but don't bother with the sunset trip, rather visit in the morning or on your own. Collected from hotel at 3pm and got back to hotel at 8.30pm - could have been done in 3 to maybe 3.5 hours. Lots of aimless wandering and waiting with little direction or explanation from the guides. I had to listen in to other guided tours to get info.Large bus which was full with nearly 50 people.Sunset wasn't really worth it. Maybe watching the colours change as the sun was setting was interesting, but we reached the view point only minutes before the sun hit the horizon. View point was packed with hundreds of people.Worst tour ever! Don't bother.
Very good Moon Valley tour, excellent guide, fantastic formations .
Sunset a bit disappointing as we were expecting more colour changes.
Quite a steep climb up the sand dune.
Tour was okay, got good pictures, but felt the tour was a little too rushed and there were just too many people in the bus to have a unique experience. The sunset was so late that we just waited for 2 hours at the end doing nothing. Also many times, a lot of time was consumed waiting for people to get on to the bus. I wish they had a smaller group. Some of the hikes were reasonably uphill, so I would not say it is a cake walk with children.
This was a fine tour, and the people contractor were great. But there was little value added beyond the transit to get to these places, and that's what you're paying for with one exception, which I'll note on that tour's review. If you have time and resources to rent a 4WD instead, you would be well advised to do so.
A 2 star rating for the spectaculat scenery, but zero for the guide.
He had to be reminded to explain ings in English as well as Spanish, and delayed our viewing of Death Valley with a long drawn out story concerning his grandfather, while the othe spanish speaking visitos were able to look around. We then had 5 minutes to see features of the valley before getting back on the bus.On arrival in Moon Valley carpark, we were route marched to the top of the ridge, with no explaination of the geology along the way. He appeared disintersted, and mentioned he had been guiding for 10 years - perhaps it is time for new career.
Having been on over a dozen tours across South America, I had found this Moon Valley Tour run by Turistour to be unsatisfactory. To begin with, I had not expected such a large group (of 16+) and such little intimacy. It didn't help that our guide, Leonardo, turned out not to be much of a guide. He lagged behind much of the way and failed to direct the majority of the group. With the itinerary I had expected drop-dropping landscapes, and the experience had fallen much short of what i had imagined. Luckily the sunset finale at Moon Valley had saved me from ripping my hairs out. The exotic crevasses in the valley gradually mutated in iridescent shades into darkness as the sun descended on to the horizon. Was it worth the USD$30 i had splashed out? Definitely not.