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Moon Valley, San Pedro de Atacama: 21 reviews and 37 photos
San Pedro is a curious mixture between ?Must See? and ?Off The Beaten Path? things, so I?ll write here about the unmissable things around the oasis.
The Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) is perhaps the most famous sight of the area, as San Pedro began to get known after it; this is a huge extension of sand, salt and bizarre terrain shapes that lies about 18 kilometres to the southwest of the village, more or less on the sides of the old road to Calama.
Among the most visited attractions, are the Big Dune, where hundreds go every day to watch the sunset the Tres Marías (a strange salt formation), an underground salt mine, and several other natural places around.
Tours leave for it every day, going first to the Death Valley and then to the Moon Valley; these cost about US$ 10 per person, but a $ 1500 (US$ 2,5) ?entrance? fee is levied at a booth on Km.14 on all tour passengers and private car occupants (this grants nothing to you).
The Big Dune is on S 22º56?52,5?/ W 68º17?47,2? alt. 2470 mts./8101 ft. at its top
See my Travelogue on the subject.
BEWARE: On the E sides of the road, but not where tourists are usually taken, there are still an unknown number of antitank mines, so be VERY careful if driving offroad in the less visited areas of the Valley (in 1992, a 4WD truck hit one of such mines very close to where the ticket booth is now installed, when they drove too close to the edge of the road; the 2 occupants were seriously wounded, and the car was a total loss).
Dismembered big animal carcasses usually indicate landmined areas: watch for them.
Nikon F4s, 80-200 Zoom-Nikkor (at 180 mm.), f. 5,6, 1/8 sec., POL filter
Directions: About 18 kilometres SW of San Pedro, on the old Calama road
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