The Sun over the 'Moon' at the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), Chile

Category: Sense of Place

 

Photo and caption by Mohammad Ayaz Alam

The glaring Sun over the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), 13 km (8 miles) west of San Pedro de Atacama, a small desert town in the Atacama desert of Chile. San Pedro de Atacama is about 90 km (55 miles) from Calama, where nearest airport is located. With its landforms, carved by wind and water in the geological past, which somewhat resembles the lunar landscape because of its colors and textures. It is a part of the Reserva Nacional los Flamencos (Flamencos National Reserve) and was declared a Nature Sanctuary in 1982.

Location: Valle de la Luna, 12 km off San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile

 

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