Imagine a landscape that is so barren, so alien, yet beautiful in its many forms. Shiny rock salt crystals glint and shine as the sun lowers in the sky. Small cave systems, organically shaped by water millennia ago, meander through gorges. This is Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, situated in the north of the salt flats in the Atacama desert, Chile.

We were taken there by our guide, who helped to show us the best of the valley, and led us, often on hands and knees, through a cave unlike any other I have seen. We finished our day watching the sun set, and the terribly beautiful colour changes that happen, whilst drinking wine and eating cheese. I will never forget that evening.

Here are a few of the many photos I took. Please excuse the lack of captions for now – the mobile WordPress app doesn’t support them yet, and as I’m on holiday I’m not going to hard-code them!

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