Reopening of the tourist site Valle de Marte in San Pedro de Atacama

Valle de Marte

The reopening of the tourist site Valle de Marte (known as Valle de Muerte “Death Valley”) is announced, with its administration being managed by the Quitor and San Pedro de Atacama Communities.

Valle de Marte, named in honor of Father Gustavo Le Paige, a passionate archaeologist and geologist, captivates with its inhospitable landscapes, filled with rocky formations and salt flats. Through the only internal road that crosses the valley, we embark on a fascinating circuit, surrounded by wind-sculpted sand dunes and rocky slopes that, due to their geological uniqueness, exhibit a reddish hue. This landscape transports us to an experience that resembles the surface of the red planet, all within the territory of Lickanantay.

The reopening will take place on December 8, 2023, and includes the following aspects:

Reopening Hours

Monday to Sunday from 08:30 to 20:00

Entrance Fees

General: $6,000 Senior (60+): $3,500

Student: $3,500

Atacameño-Lickanantay: $1,500

Children under 6: Free

Permitted Activities

  • Hiking: Cornisas sector, main ravine, along the main dune.
  • Sandboarding: Main dune sector.
  • Horseback riding: Behind the main dune and main ravine sectors.


  • Respect the natural and cultural heritage of the territory.
  • Follow the instructions of the local guide.
  • Stay only on designated, marked, and demarcated trails.
  • Do not collect natural and archaeological materials such as rocks and minerals.
  • No climbing is allowed.
  • No smoking or alcohol consumption.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No drone flights allowed.