Valle de la Luna, also calling Killa Qhichwa (Moon Valley) is situated about 10 kilometers from downtown La Paz, in the Pedro Domingo Murillo Province, La Paz Department, Bolivia. It consists of an area where erosion has worn away the majority of a mountain, composed primarily of clay rather than rock, leaving tall spires. It is similar to another zone of La Paz that is known as El Valle de las Animas (The Valley of the Souls). It is an important site of the famous holiday, Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Because the mineral content of the mountains varies greatly between individual mountains, the sides of the mountains are different colors, creating striking optical illusions. A majority of them are a clear beige or light brown color, but some are almost red, with sections of dark violet.
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Al P | Feb 17, 2018
30 min from downtown La Paz, these geological formations are mesmerizing. You must make a quick stop. Plan for 1 hour hiking on gravel and dirt, so dress and wear shows appropriately. In La Paz it may rain out if the blue, so if it the rainy season bring a rain jacket.
Tom Ludlow | Mar 2, 2018
Excellent scenery! Definitely do it without a tour, get yourself to the end of the Green line cable car and negotiate a taxi to the valley (30Bs is max) entrance is 15Bs each but they didn't have a lot of change when we were there! A tour quoted us Bs109 each so definitely saved money! (yellow line and green are connected at time of writing but not red so plan accordingly! )
dani cardona | Feb 22, 2018
Nice tourism place, although it could be better and well organized.
Ben Kilhams | Nov 29, 2017
Really interesting place to walk around for a couple of hours. There are a few places like this in the world, where sandstones are eroded in an interesting manner. This is probably the best version I've seen and the views back down the valley are great.
Elisabet Bedwell | Dec 5, 2017
A very aptly named place, Moon Valley is a very interesting site to visit. It has very unusual shapes, its formations made up of sandstone and clay, you feel almost in a lunar landscape, and because of the colour, is a little like Bryce Canyon in the US, although much smaller. Well worth visiting.
Patrick Prentice | Apr 18, 2018
Really cool park not too far out of the city. The hike around the park is pretty easy and the rock formations are very unique and picturesque. It really does feel like you’re walking on another planet! 😊👍
Elli Fountoukidou | May 8, 2018
Short and easy hike half an hour drive out of la Paz city center. Around 5euros entrance fee. The views are really special
Maureen DeMarks | May 6, 2018
Awesome hour hike. Met a man from Russia who said an American astronaut visited here who had been on the moon and that it is very similar
Alexandra Salazar | Apr 27, 2018
Interesting land scape. Easy access by local bus which you can catch from Igresia de San Francisco.
Casper Bonde | Jun 3, 2018
Good experience, really beautiful place. Unfortunately there's only a few places where you can stand and watch, without having a path or some other tourists in your field of view. Go for an hour or so, have a good time, but don't expect to get close to nature :)
Jose Camarlinghi | May 21, 2018
Very popular, eroded mud towers, tourist attraction. There are other similar places much more spectacular but not easy to reach like the Cumbre de Animas. If you liked this one you should try to visit the later one.
Brian Jetter | May 27, 2018
Nice outdoor walk, unique terrain, good for about an hour out.
Anne Mehta | Jun 24, 2018
I had read about this place in my travel book and wanted to go there for a hike. We had just come from the salt flats which were so impressive that this felt like a bit of a letdown. We walked around the longer trail (you can’t explore on your own) and it only took us about 40 minutes. The view was interesting, but it wasn’t quite the moon-like experience that was described in my book
Ethan Jorgensen | Jul 13, 2018
An interesting place to visit for an hour or so. It is a must see for tourists to La Paz because, well, because that's what all the guide books say. The "park" is definitely focused on visits from foreign tourists. It is very clean and well kept up. That's not always the case with points of interest in Bolivia. However don't expect a lot of attention to the aspect of the personal safety of visitors. Much like life in general in Bolivia, you are expected to watch out for your own safety at all times. So don't put your trust in the strength of barricades along cliffs or steep drop-offs. And just because there is no railing present doesn't mean you can't easily fall and seriously hurt yourself. The focal point of the park are the gift shops, which have an interesting variety of souvenirs, priced at what you would expect in a place like this (in other words, expensive.) I say focal point because the only way to get to the actual Valle de la Luna is to walk down into a recessed area where all the shops are located, and then from there you can access the entrance to the geological formations. Don't forget to read the boards that have been put up with explanations of the park. If English is your native language then you'll get a chuckle out of the attempt to translate the explanations into English. However they are informative. On one hand, the formations in Valle de la Luna are beautiful and intriguing. On the other hand, there is not much to the park. There are two trails, a short one and an extended one, but they can be walked in 30 minutes. To stop and take pictures (of course!) you could spend up to an hour or so. And then... that's it. (Don't forget the shops!) It is a stark and fascinating contrast to the huge metropolitan city of La Paz which is practically a stone's throw away. But in and of itself, it is little more than an interesting place to visit on a lazy afternoon for a change of pace. I'm glad I went, but I probably won't go back.
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