Discover Natural Beauty of South America by Exploring its Stunning Moon Valleys

Valley of the Moon, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Valley of the Moon, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. Photo by Persnickety Prints on Unsplash

From waterfalls and glaciers to salt flats and canyons, naturals wonders are scattered all around South America. Valleys also fall under this category and some of them even share the same name—Valley of the Moon aka Valle de la Luna. Moon valleys can be found in several South American countries and they’re all unique in their own right.


Chile’s Moon Valley is located in the heart of the Atacama desert, close to the city of San Pedro de Atacama. It earned this nickname because its unique stone and sand formations are somewhat similar to the surface of the Moon, especially if you find yourself here at sunset.


Argentina’s Ischigualasto Provincial Park is also known by the nickname Valle de la Luna due to its moon-like landscapes. It’s home to many uniquely shaped badlands, cliffs, and rock formations, created by water and wind erosion.


Located a short ride away from Bolivia’s capital of La Paz, Valle de la Luna aka Killa Qhichwa is one of the country’s most popular natural attractions. Erosion in this area led to the creation of tall spires primarily made of clay. The mineral content of the mountains led to varying colors of the spires, giving them a moon-like look.