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La Vallée de la lune

Practical information on La Vallée de la lune

  • Viewpoint
  • Desert
  • Archaeological Site
  • Unesco World Heritage
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 30 minute drive from La Paz
When to go

All year round

Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of La Vallée de la lune

Perrine J. Seasoned Traveller
27 written opinions

Moon Valley is a large expanse of honey-coloured rocks carved into pointy peaks as a result of erosion.

My suggestion:
If you can get to the peripheral part of the city, take the opportunity to discover the Devil's Tooth (muela del diablo), a rock formation overlooking the nearby mountain with beautiful views over the capital city.
My review

Even though the whole valley in which the capital La Paz sits seems to have been carved by great blows from a "machete", Moon Valley's scenery was by far the most impressive to me. I travelled there in a trufi (a local minibus) from the historical city centre, and then we walked through the clay valley. The hardest thing for me was understanding how people could build their houses so close to this stalagmite desert.

Moon Valley, a real work of honey-coloured art, lies just ten kilometres from the city centre. Its buildings are constantly growing to the extent that neighbourhoods like Mallasa are now in rather precarious positions. The landscape is simply fascinating. It's lunar, colourful and extremely photogenic. If your holiday in Bolivia takes you to La Paz, you must visit Moon Valley.