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The Moon Valley "Vale da Lua" Brazil

Updated: Apr 22, 2022

Vale da Lua Brazil is a beautiful rock formation that cuts through the grasses of Goias and is extremely popular for swimming and hiking. The Moon Valley lies at the end of a breathtaking hike through the cerrado on private property near Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park.

This park is nature's own water park with dazzling cascades, pools, and water slides. The name "Vale de Luna", which translates to "Valley of the Moon", came from the rocks smoothened by the river and lava flows over millennia.

Thinking of visiting the Moon Valley? It's a breathtaking journey as we map some of the most enjoyable things we do while visiting the Vale da Lua in Chapada dos Veadeiros.

A Journey into Space

Moon Valley "Vale da Lua" Brazil

The smooth rocks that give Vale da Lua its signature look feel as if stepping out on alien terrain. It took millions of years for the waters of Rio Sao Miguel to sculpt these rocks into the gorgeous formations we see today. The greyish blackish hue of the stones contrasts vividly with the valley's lush green.

The river itself brims with rock containing an abundance of quartz that splits the sunlight into a rainbow and makes the experience that much more bedazzling. Adventurers often cite feelings of mystery and adventure upon gazing at the smoothness of the rocks and the emerald waters. These incredible sights are what make the trek to Moon Valley feel like a journey into space.

Things to do in Vale da Lua

Things to do in Vale da Lua

Besides gazing upon the unique landscape and admiring the dazzling waterfalls, visitors often trek to Vale da Luna to get away from the mundane. The smooth stones make for a perfect sunbathing mat, and the cool waters are just a couple of steps away to submerge in in case the weather gets too hot.

Adventurers will love the tranquility of the place, the scenic waterfalls, the spectacular view of the stones the perfect ambience to take a lazy swim across the pools and lie on a flat rock to dry. The entire experience is otherworldly. Visitors can spend time strolling around the landscape, admiring the scenic falls, sunbathing on the rocks, or swimming in the pools.

Inside Moon Valley Brazil

Inside Moon Valley Brazil

Moon Valley Rock Formations

Located in the Brazilian Highlands, it is considered one of the oldest rock formations on the planet. The peculiar rock formations have been formed by millions of years of weathering and erosion by the river, San Miguel.

Gradually, the water has rubbed particles of sand across the surface of these huge rocks. The constant friction has caused huge craters to erupt across the landscape and thus giving it its signature Moon Valley appearance.

Natural Pools in Vale da Lua

The shallow pools have been carved into the volcanic rock over millions of years. These natural swimming pools offer a cool refuge from the sweltering sun.

The river San Miguel waters these pools and keeps them fresh all year round. Visitors often enjoy taking a dip or just lounging in these pools to ward off the sun's intense heat.

Trails in Vale da Lua

Due to safety and preservation concerns, only three percent of the park is open to tourists. The park offers various hiking trails that allow visitors to gaze at several endangered species such as maned wolves, pampas deer, and giant armadillos.

The trails also showcase the impressive 25 different types of Orchids unique to that area. Tourists can hike up to 1,315 foot Serra de Santana Peak, which is the park's highest point.

What to Eat?

There are various local restaurants and eateries near Vale da Lua, Brazil. Some of the most famous ones are, Lua de Sao Jorge, Restaurante Buritis, Santo Cerrado Risoteria Café, and Luar da Vila among many others. These restaurants cater to many different types of food and cater to vegetarian options.

Where to stay?

There are numerous hotels located near Vale de Lua, with most of them offering comfortable stays and good food. One of them is the Pousada Meu Talento.

This hotel offers a luxurious stay to those exploring the Moon Valley and is located in Alto Paraiso de Goias. It features a rustic atmosphere and a modern ambiance and offers delicious food. Visitors staying at Pousada Meu Talento will surely not be disappointed.


If you're planning a trip to Brazil but don’t know where to book a room, look into Kings Boutique Hotel. We are a cozy and welcoming establishment in Rio de Flores. Book a room with us and be amongst lush, green valleys.

Our hotel offers you the best of both worlds— enough distance from the city so as to give you a break from the hustle-bustle but not enough that the commute to tourist destinations becomes unbearable.


Q1. How to go to the Moon Valley Brazil?

Ans: Vale da Lua is located outside the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. On the way to Alto Paraiso, we will come across a signed turnoff approximately 5km from Sai Jorge. A further 3.5km travel down a dirt road and to the car park. Once there, it's an easy walk (1km) towards the river and Vale da Lua.

Q2. In which City the Vale da Lua is Located?

Ans: Vale da Lua is located in the city of Alto Paraíso de Goiás, also called Alto Paraiso. This place has many unique things and unusual places to visit in Brazil. You can visit numerous waterfalls such as Macaquinho Waterfall.

Q3. What time does the Vale da Lua close?

Ans: The Vale da Lua remains open to visitors all year round but should not be visited during heavy rainfall. Due to heavy rainfall, there is a significant concern for flash floods which can be dangerous.

Q4. How long to get to know the Moon Valley Brazil?

Ans: Not very long. The area can generally be explored within a day, depending on the number of activities planned and personal preferences.

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