Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna

Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) lies just west of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. One of the driest, if not, the driest place on earth. It has a variety of sandstone formations that have been carved by wind and water. The remarkable range of color and texture makes it like the surface of the moon.

The dried-up lakes caused a deposit of salt on the surface makes a white covering of the area. It exhibits assorted saline outcrops that look like man-made sculptures. Valle de la Luna is a member of the Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos and was proclaimed a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its fantastic natural wonder and bizarre lunar landscape, at which its name is taken from. A prototype for a Mars rover was evaluated there by researchers due to the valley’s dry and forbidding surfaces.

I explored the area by mountain bike. It was one of the most exhausting treks I’ve ever undertaken. Read more about it HERE.

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