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Moon Valley's sand towers

A lunar landscape with sand towers

•type:

•interest:

NATURAL

CAYNON

•location:
LA PAZ CITY
•country:
BOLIVIA
 

Moon Valley's sand towers

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ABOUT - 

Moon Valley's sand towers

The Moon Valley is a challenge for the imagination of the visitors, because of its shapes,  which are the product of the erosion, that generate the sensation of being in a small plain of the moon. An urban legend tells that the astronaut Neil Armstrong was the one who baptized it, realizing its similarity with the satellite’s landscapes while playing golf near the place. This would have happened in 1969, months after Armstrong's moon landing, during a visit to La Paz city, in Bolivia.

 

The Moon Valley is a clay formation located 10 km from the center of Bolivia’s capital, in San José of Mallasilla. It is the result of a mountain’s erosion, which not being solid or rocky, was transformed over the centuries into the capricious forms that can be observed today and that look like towers. They can also be compared with contemporary artwork or with a desert of stalagmites. The visiting route has paths and points to contemplate the landscape. A twin place, also easily accessible, is the Valle de las Ánimas, nearby the same city of La Paz.

 

At a short distance from the Moon Valley there is the Cactus Park or "cactario". This place holds species of cactus and bromelias, which are a delight for photography enthusiasts. The Cactus Park offers rest for the mind and body. A recommendation is to go to the place independently because of its accessibility. There is public transportation service.

 

All the mountains around La Paz are of clay and given that their mineral components vary in percentages, the colors vary between one mountain side and another. This results in very attractive optical illusions, ranging from beige, pale brown, red to dark violet.

 

There are also some others so called "Moon Valleys", many people confuse them, for that reason it is so important to mention them. One is located near San Pedro de Atacama in Chile, another one in the Ischigualasto Park, Natural World Heritage Site, in Argentina and in Bolivia there is yet another one, in San Luis de Potosí.

 

PRACTICAL - 

Moon Valley's sand towers

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Río Abajo main Road, Mallasilla, La Paz, Bolivia.

  • Tuesday to sunday from 08h00 to 17h00.

DISTANCE TO THE CLOSEST MAIN CITY

La Paz city - 0km - 0miles

DISTANCE TO CLOSEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

La Paz city´s airport - 0km - 0mi

PROFILE

• Interest:

NATURAL

• Kind:

URBAN

• Min. visit time hours:

1

PLACE

• Class:

3600

• Altitude meters:

CAYNON

• Type:

11811

• Altitude feet:

• Max. visit time hours:

2

RELATED ACTIVITIES

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

SPORTS:

  • Walking

  • Trekking.

  • Running.

  • Camping.

  • Biking.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

ADVENTURE:

  • Mountain climbing.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National potected area.

ENTRANCE FEE

  • General admission S /. 15 Bolivians.

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • A bottle of water.

  • A hat or a cap.

  • Comfortable shoes to walk.

  • A camera.

  • Sunscreen.

  • Eat light food (altitude sickness must be prevented).

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Moon Valley's sand towers

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