About Death Valley, Mars valley

The Valle de la Muerte, also known as the Mars Valley or the Death Valley, is a mountainous and sandy valley on the Atacama Desert. The valley looks like the celestial surface of Mars during the sunset, and hence, it is named the Mars Valley. Though the name “Death Valley” has a history behind it. In the past, when a french Astronomist came to the site, he pointed to saying “Mart” (alike mars surface), but the locals here thought that he was saying “Muerte” and they named it “Valle de la Muerte” which in Spanish stands for “Death Valley.”
Valle de la Muerte is filled with peculiar rock structures and formations with Salt Mountain Range in the background. It creates the perfect photogenic place for otherworldly photos in the vast barren land.
The Mars Valley is mainly famous for its trekking tours, Sandboarding, and horseback riding on the dunes that are refreshing and distinctive experiences on their own. The entire site is filled with beautiful structures and formations made of red rocks. It is said that the valley was eroded by water and wind for millions of years, resulting in the unique geological formations. The whole valley has numerous picture opportunities fulfilling the thirst of a photo enthusiast.
The weather is mostly warm throughout the year, with rarely 20 cloudy days. However, if by luck it rains during your visit, you can witness the rare phenomenon of a double rainbow on the exotic background location. The nights here are magnificent enough for observing the star-studded sky with other celestial bodies. The stunning landscapes, mesmerizing rock formations, and otherworldly glimpses would hypnotize one into settling forever.

Must See

  • Valle de la Luna
  •  Pukara de Quitor
  •  Valle de Marte
  •  Meteorite Museum
  • Ojos del Salar
  • Mirador de Kari- Pierdra del Coyote

How to reach

By air: The Calama Airport is closest to the Valle de la Muerte sharing a distance of  101.4 kilometres

A taxi ride from the airport to the site would take 1 hour 36 minutes and 95882.68 CPL to 117189.94 CPL approximately 

A bus ride on the same route would take 1 hour 45 minutes and 9588.27 CPL to 13849.72 CPL approximately 

A bus ride from Antofagasta city towards the site would take 4 hours 45 minutes and 6924.86 CPL to 23437.99 CPL approximately for covering a distance of 318.9 kilometres

Regular buses are available from the city towards the site


  • Wear comfortable footwear, preferably trekking shoes as some parts of the valley are very rough.
  • Carry along a light woolen plower as nights here can get a bit cold
  • The valley is warm throughout the year, hence consider wearing light cotton cloth during your visit
  • Consider carrying a flashlight along as there are rare streetlights in the area
  • Consider visiting during morning hours if you want to avoid the rush as the tour group here generally comes during afternoon hours
  • Do carry a camera and Binoculars along as the valley is one brilliant picturesque site
  • Do carry a water bottle and Vitamin C along, and it will help you while the sun heat drains your energy
  • The death valley is considered as the hottest place in the earth, hence avoid afternoon hours for your trip

Visit Time

Sunday:        9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday:        9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday:       9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday:      9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday:           9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday:       9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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3000 CLP 

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Time you can spend

3 hours to 4 hours


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Clear Sky 35.69°C


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