The Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon, aka Valle de la Luna, is on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama on the edge of the Atacama desert. It is an amazing place.

You go there for the landscape. It's all soft stone which has been eroded and worn away leaving awe inspiring shapes and colours. There is a layer of white over many things, which looks like snow, but it's actually salt.

Spectacular scenery. NASA apparently tested one of the Mars Rover protypes there, which is ironic because the day before we had been at another testing site in Bolivia.


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Cerro Toco volcano in Chile
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Heading up to Death Valley in Chile
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Looking down into Death Valley in Chile
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This is Death Valley near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. We were on the other side of that volcano about 6 hours earlier
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The pale layers are ash from volcanic eruptions
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Licancabur and Juriques volcanos
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Sandunes on the edge of the desert
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Walking back down
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Different bands in the rocks
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The ash layers get eroded away faster
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Tina in Valley of the Moon
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Looking out over Valley of the Moon
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The road goes through some spectacular scenery
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This kitty was at the visitors centre
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Jansen in Valley of the Moon
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Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon)
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Edge of a dune and the flats in Valle de la Luna
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Looking along the edge of the dune
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Valley of the Moon
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Resisting the urge to run down the sand dune at Valley of the Moon
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Looking back towards Licancabur
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The ridge you walk up
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You use to be allowed onto the dune, but not any more
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Walking back to the bus at Valley of the Moon
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Glimpse through the different valleys
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Tina, Netsumi and Kei
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The white looks like snow, but its actually salts
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Valle de la Luna
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Valle de la Luna
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One of the eroded hills
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The Three Marys (Although now there are only 2.5 of them)
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Bob's hiding in the scenery
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The gang at the Three Marys
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I was trying to do my superman impression
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It didn't work
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Netsumi got frightenly close to the edge
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We took turns sitting out on the rock (Yes it is a long way down)
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While Tina adopted her usual position
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Looking back over the valley at sunset
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When we arrived we were the first there, but it gets popular at sunset
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