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Valle de La Luna

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  • Day2

    Vallée de la lune 1/2, Chili

    April 22, 2017 in Chile

    Hier nous sommes allés voir une grotte de sel. C'était drôle car les adultes devait tout le​ temps se baisser alors que​ moi je restais debout. Au moment où nous étions dans le noir, ça a commencé à être galère car il y avait seulement une toute petite lueur envoyée par la guide qui avait pensé à prendre une lampe.

    C'ÉTAIT GÉNIAL !!!

    "Muercielago" en français ça veut dire chauve-souris. Les enfants espagnols adorent ce mot car il comporte toutes les voyelles de leur langue!

    Olivier
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  • Day5

    Valley of the Moon

    February 20 in Chile

    Last stop of the day was the Valley of Moon, to see the sunset.

    Our first stop in the park (yep, Chile has its own system of National Parks, but there is no blue book and no stamp at each location) was the Three Marias. These are three stone formations that the Belgian priest thought looked like Maria. I could explain why, but even with an explanation you’d have to be a true believer. And, one of the formations was knocked over by a tourist who got too close, so now there are only 2-1/2 Marias. Honestly, a whole lot of nothing. Although I did enjoy the formation to the left, which is called “Pac-Man,” for obvious reasons.

    We then walked through the valley, and saw a formation known as the “amphitheater.” Very beautiful. Of course, the ever present Andes are in the background, with their snow covered peaks.

    We then hiked up to the top of a rim, to see the sunset. There were 100s of other people around, camped out on the ledge, anxiously waiting to see the sun fall behind the mountains. It is a funny site to see so many people perched at the edge of a cliff! The sunset was lovely, and the reflection on the hills behind was even prettier. I particularly liked seeing clouds descend on the mountain peaks, like little sombreros.

    The end of another long, but lovely day.
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  • Day64

    Moon Valley tour begins

    December 2, 2017 in Chile

    At 16:00 we started on the Valle de la Luna tour.

    El Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) is located 13 kilometres (8 mi) west of San Pedro de Atacama, to the north of Chile in the Cordillera de la Sal, in the Atacama desert. It has various stone and sand formations which have been carved by wind and water. It has an impressive range of color and texture, looking somewhat similar to the surface of the moon. There are also dry lakes where the composition of salt makes a white covering layer of the area. It presents diverse saline outcrops which appear like man-made sculptures. There are also a great variety of caverns.
    The valley got its name due to a small depression of salt ground, 1,650 feet (500 m) in diameter, that exhibits odd sculptural shapes. These are the result of a sequence of transformations on the earth's crust caused by the folding of the watery ground underneath the salt lake. Because of its lack of humidity, there is no life here, which has turned it into one of the most inhospitable places on earth.

    Our 1st stop in the Moon Valley was outside the Salt Cave. Here the guide tried to explain the geology of the valley but we hardly understood him in Spanish or even English. He had very basic geology knowledge and very poor English so we actually didn't get anything.
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  • Day64

    Through the salt cave

    December 2, 2017 in Chile

    At some places, we had to double down to go across the rock formations inside the cave which actually till now turned out to be a cave without a roof. It was an interesting experience walking through the formations but at the same time, all the tours to the Moon Valley start at the same time and it was quite crowded inside the cave. Some people were turning back due to claustrophobia and others were walking very slowly in the narrow path.Read more

  • Day64

    Inside the salt cave

    December 2, 2017 in Chile

    Inside the actual cave, it was quite dark. Some of the people in the group had been given head lamps. These were actually needed due to the pitch darkness inside. At some places, we had to crawl to pass to the other side. A lot of people turned back around here.

  • Day43

    Valle de la Luna

    March 30 in Chile

    Cavernas de Sal
    Anfiteatro
    Piedra del Coyote
    Gran Duna
    Tres Marias

    Après quelques difficultés dues à la semaine sainte, me voilà aux portes du désert le plus aride du monde "Atacama". San Pedro d'Atacama est en réalité le point de départ pour des dizaine de tours organisés. La " ville" compte plus de 70 agences de voyage. C'est de là que se font les départs argentins pour le salar d'Uyuni en Bolivie. La plupart des autres tour ne m'intéresse pas : déjà vu où sur le parcours d'Uyuni.
    Plutôt que de prendre un tour, petit journée en vélo dans la Valle de la Luna à quelques kilomètres de San Pedro. Comme son nom l'indique, les paysages de la vallée sont lunaires : pas de végétations, des formations rocheuses étranges... Le salar d'Atacama n'étant pas très loin, on distingue facilement des strates de sel dans la roche.
    Dans la caverne de sel, plongé dans le noir, on entend très bien les craquements de roche et de sel. Un moment à la fois surprenant et inquiétant.
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  • Day194

    Donner im Mondtal

    March 15, 2017 in Chile

    Für den ersten Tag ging es auf eine Tour ins Mondtal und das Tote Tal. Beide waren unglaublich schön und interessant. Die Bilder können nicht wirklich beschreiben, wie es aussieht. Am meisten hat mich der scheinbare Schnee verwundert. Das gesamte Tal wirkte weiß gepudert, was Salz ist, welches durch den Regen an die Oberfläche gezogen wird.
    Daneben gab es auch noch größere Dünen und einige nette Gesteinsformationen zu sehen. Genial war aber, dass an diesem Ort, an dem im Jahr 20-50mm Regen fallen, der ein oder andere Schauer runterkam. Das untermalt mit einigen Blitzen und Donner.Read more

  • Day207

    Wallein auf dem Mond

    August 22, 2017 in Chile

    Wieder einmal aufs Rad geschwungen habe ich mich ins ach so berühmte "Valle de la Luna" (=Mondtal) begeben. Was "normale" Menschen scheinbar in 3-5 Stunden erkunden, habe ich in fast 8 Stunden unternommen, wobei ich wohl jeder Abzweigung gefolgt bin. 😅

    Typisch Chile stand ich wieder etliche Male vor einem Wegweiser-Pfeil, der mir wie ein schlechter Witz vorkam und während ich auf allen Vieren durch eine dunkle Höhle gekrochen oder eine/n Düne/Berg hinaufgeklettert bin, kamen mir Zweifel ob der Pfeil tatsächlich in diese Richtung gezeigt hat...

    Um der heißen Touri-Phase zu entkommen bin ich morgens statt zum Sonnenuntergang hin und hatte somit die komplette Sand-Salz-Berg-Wüsten-Palette fast ganz für mich allein. 😎
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