Ever wanted to fly to the moon? Nah, totally overrated, just fly to La Paz in Bolivia and head to their Moon Valley. The Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, has gotten its name because of the rocks’ distinctive formations that look similar to the moon’s surface. It doesn’t entirely make you feel like you are on the moon but it looks very cool and is a must-see if you are in La Paz. The Moon Valley is located at the outskirts of the city of La Paz and can be reached easily via taxi or as part of an organised sightseeing tour.
The distinctive shape of the area is due to erosion that has worn away the majority of a mountain leaving tall and odd spikes and formations. If you manage to visit the Valle de la Luna without lots of other tourists present the area feels quite mystical. But once you start hearing tourist groups, this feeling is gone immediately haha. There are several walks to explore the Moon Valley that take around 20 – 60 mins. The rocks are perfect for pictures, so make sure you take your camera with you. And don’t slip or let anything fall down because it will be gone forever. It’s fairly safe to walk around though as the way is fenced.
Valle de la Luna In 7 Pictures
Just a heads up: The Lonely Planet travel guide says that the Moon Valley is slightly overrated. This is true if you expect a life-changing experience.. But I would definitely recommend visiting the Moon Valley while in La Paz. It is not a huge effort to get to and it does look stunning.
If you are not visiting as part of an organised sightseeing tour, plan around 3h for your Valle de la Luna trip. This gives you enough time to explore the sight and you still have lots of time for other activities on that day. Ideally come in the morning as a number of tourist groups that go to the mountains in the morning visit Valle de la Luna on their way back. So mornings should be a bit more quiet. Click here to read more about things to do in Bolivia & La Paz.