The Moon Valley
- Valle de la Luna, Atacama
The Moon Valley
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AboutNatural Sanctuary since 1982, the Moon Valley is a wonderful place with colorful geology. Located in the Sierra Obate depression, 2550 meters above sea level, it has different visual attractions that turn it in an extraordinary place called 'Moon Valley' because of its similar look to lunar soil. The Moon Valley is a perfect place to contemplate desertic nature, without flora, fauna and humidity.
It is one of the most visited places in San Pedro and it is located at 17 kilometers of San Pedro's downtown, in the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt mountains) area, is an interesting area with stones and sand formations that per millenia the floods and the winds have given it a series of colors and texture to the desert, it presents an extraordinary attractive by its similarity with the moon surface and the natural colosseum of great dimensions. From a great dune is possible to appreciate the wonderful and surprising surroundings of this zone.
Set of landscapes of incomparable beauty and that resemble a fragment of the moon landscape.
This wonderful natural phenomenon, is due to the encounter of the Atacama desert with the Andes mountain range, which is produced by smooth slope changes, conformed by cones of rollings originating of the mountain bankruptcy.
The Moon Valley has dry lakes, in where the salt composition of these covers with a beautiful white mantle; escarpments of all green, blue, red, yellow colors surprising with the most diverse and surprising forms and which the sun makes vary its tones in thousand different forms during the day, especially in the twilight hours that reaches its best beauty.
In full moon nights, the valley also presents an indescribable aspect, plenary of majesty and silence, coldly beautiful and imposing.
It presents diverse saline outcrops that seem true sculptures also of a great variety of caverns. In this place a geologic spectacle of great beauty can be observed, in special in the evening and daybreak.
Declared sanctuary of the nature by its great natural beauty and strange moon appearance to which must its name. Every year is visited by hundreds of tourists for being one of the knowest places in Chile.