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Valley of the moon travel pictures

Introduction to the valley of the moon

The valley of the moon (or in Spanish Valle de la Luna) is located roughly 10 kilometer south west of La Paz and is a unique sight in Bolivia. It is a remarkable geological rock formation which has many different shapes, many in the form of stalagmites. The site has been shaped by erosion over the time of many years. The reason for this to occur is that the mountains that make up this place are not just made of solid rock, but consists largely of clay which is much easier to erode and after thousands of years it has obtained its distinct shape it has today. There are two tracks which takes you through large parts of the places where the erosion has occurred and allows you to get a close up view of the results of thousand of years of erosion. There is a fair chance that when you get to the end of the path you will spot a musician playing a flute on top of one of the higher rock formations. Some points are a bit higher up and allow a view of the surrounding area.

The whole sight can probably be seen in one to two hours. Getting to the valley of the moon can be done by minibus, taxi or you can book a tour which combines the Valle de la Luna with a visit to Chacaltaya. It is a good way of escaping the city of La Paz and get a breath of fresh air. The area here can be considerably warmer and dryer than in La Paz itself so it is recommended to bring something to drink and sunscreen.  


Valley of the moon travel photo gallery 

 
The rocks of the valley of the Moon.

Typical rocks.

 
Valley of the moon (valle de la Luna).

Valley of the moon.

 
View of the the valle de la Luna.

View over the moon landscape.



The photo galleries of Bolivia contain pictures of: ChacaltayaLa PazPico AustriaSalar de UyuniUyuni and the Valley of the moon.



 
Typical rock formations.

Typical rock formations.

 
Looking up the rocks.

Looking up the rocks.

 
The different spikes.

The different spikes.

 
Valle de la luna near La Paz.

Many small peaks.

 
The rock formations of the valley of the moon.

The rock formations of the valley of the moon.

 
View over the valley.

View over the valley.

 
Closeup of one of the rock formations.

Closeup of one of the spikes.

 



Endless rock formations formed by erosion.

Endless rock formations formed by erosion.

 



A cactus growing the in the valley of the moon.

A cactus.

 



Eroded rock formations.

Eroded rock formations.

 
The valley.

The valley.

 



More rock formations.

More rock formations.

 
Blue skies over the valley of the moon.

Blue skies.

 



High and low peak formations.

High and low peak formations.

 



Some massive eroded rocks.

Some massive eroded rocks.

 
The surroundings of the valley of the moon.

The dry surroundings.

 
Surrounded by the rock formations.

Rock formations.

 
Some plants growing in the valley.

Some plants growing in the dry climate.

 
The many peaks.

Many peaks.

 
The spikes that surround the landscape.

The spikes that surround the landscape.

 
Looking over the rock formations of the valle de la luna near La Paz.

Looking over the rock formations.

 
Between the peaks.

Between the peaks.

 



A mountain in the distance.

A mountain in the distance.

 



View across the valley.

View across the valley.

 
Mountains surrounding the valley of the moon.

Mountains surrounding the valley.

 
Overview of the valley.

Overview of the valley.

 
Looking inside the valle de la Luna.Looking over the peaks

Internet sites with travel information about the valley of the moon


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