If you happen to be visiting La Paz, the highest capital in the world, make sure to set aside some time and check out the 10 must visit attractions in La Paz! Leave at least half a day or more to visit Valle de la Luna! You won’t regret it! La Paz is a big city so if you want a nice relaxing afternoon activity to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, look no further than Valle de la Luna!
A short bus ride from the central part of La Paz you will find an unworldly landscape. Something you might expect to see on the moon; hence the name of the park, Valle de la Luna or Valley of the Moon in English. This lunar landscape of bizarre geological formations is located only 6 miles away from the city center of La Paz, so you can take a short bus ride to view them. These rock formations are composed of clay and sandstone and have been created by mother nature over time with strong winds and rain over hundreds of years. These bizarre formations remind me of the rock formations of Huancayo, located in Peru along with a valley by the same name in San Pedro de Atacama in Chile!
Valle de la Luna is located near the small town of Mallasa and luckily they have preserved a portion of this area for a park, which is fantastic because so many houses and new developments are being built up around Valle de la Luna and these formations. You know you will be seeing a variety of rock formations throughout the park, but you might be surprised by the colors within the valley. You will see grey to beige, along with red and almost purple. The shapes of the formations are in a constant change due to the weather and the color of the rocks arise from the large variety of mineral content that each individual mountain and rock formation has, which in turn, creates a colorful composition of multiple color shades within this valley.
When you first arrive at the park’s information center, you will need to pay a small entrance fee to enter the park. Bathrooms are also located at the park entrance. You might get lucky and not even run into another tourist, while visiting Valle de la Luna, but you will be breaking a sweat and burning some calories as you hike around the park on some of the trail loops. It’s a great way to get some exercise while visiting La Paz. There are two walking trails that visit different areas of Valle de la Luna. The most well known trail is Devil’s Point and can take you up to 45 minutes to walk around completely. Therefore you might want to remember to bring some comfortable shoes to walk around in and make sure that the shoes have a decent grip since you will be walking on uneven ground.
One of the many treasures of traveling in La Paz, is being able to visit Valle de la Luna so don’t miss it!
— Luke Keeler
Check out the map below to see where Isla del Sol is located at!