Located 13 km west of San Pedro de Atacama, to the north of Chile, in the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) area, the Moon Valley with its unusual rock formations, a huge sand dune and pink-streaked mountains, is a strange place on the earth. Situated in the Sierra Obate depression, 2550 meters above sea level, it has different visual attractions that resemble a fragment of the lunar landscape. It is completely deserted, even devoid of any flora or fauna.
The Moon Valley has various stone and sand formations of the impressive range of colour and texture, which have been carved by wind and water, slowly and steadily over thousands of years.
There are dry lakes in the valley, where the composition of salt makes a white covering layer on the area. It presents different saline formations of diverse shapes and surprising forms, which look like man-made sculptures. During the day, the tone and texture of the endless forms change their hue and colour with the rays of the sun. In the twilight hours the valley reaches at the peak of its beauty, while the wind blows among the rocks and the sky changes from pink to purple and finally turns black.
As the sun sinks over the bleak horizon, the land is changed into a multitude of different colours, like pink, purple, red, until finally descending into the abyss of darkness. In full moon nights, the valley presents an altogether different and indescribable aspect of nature, the plenary of majesty and silence, coldly beautiful and imposing.
The Moon Valley is a vast canvas of the nature, a place of geological display of stupendous beauty. It is the ultimate place to sit in silence and feel the presence of silence in awe of one of the glorious beauties, surprises, and mysteries of the nature.
The Moon Valley is a part of the Atacama Desert, which is considered one of the driest places on earth, as some areas have not received a single drop of rain in hundreds of years. Along with the Reserva Nacional los Flamenco, the Valley of Moon was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982 for its natural environment and strange lunar landscape, from which its name is derived.