Take a Moon Walk

27 August 2012

We gaze up to the moon dreaming of far off solar systems and other planets. Thanks to various space missions we have a good idea what the surface of the moon looks like but at this stage it's unlikely that we'll be able to experience a lunar landing first hand.

Luckily here on earth, there are many landscapes that resemble the surface of the moon. So in the absence of space travel, we can still pretend that we're walking on the moon.

Here our destinations around our planet that are strikingly similar to the moon.

 Cappadocia, Turkey

Bartolomé Island, Ecuador
Within the Galapagos Islands, Bartolomé Island owes its lunar appearance to its volcanic origins. When visiting the island, take the hike up to the look out before heading back to sea level and don the snorkelling gear to admire the incredible array of marine creatures.

Swakopmund, Namibia
Travelling east from Swakopmund, on the Namibian coast, check out the moon-like landscape of this African nation that was formed through the erosion of the mountain range. The route is well documented but you should obtain a permit in advance.

Cappadocia, Turkey
Exploring the valleys of Cappadocia is a tremendous experience - we love the gorgeous Rose Valley. This was a highly volcanic region millions of years ago and over the centuries the lava has eroded to reveal the breath-taking beauty of Cappadocia today.

Salta, Argentina
The 180 kilometre road between Salta and Cafayate in northern Argentina provides the perfect opportunity to experience the extraordinary landscape of the Quebrada de Cafayate.

La Paz, Bolivia
Just outside central La Paz lies the aptly named Moon Valley, a collection of sandstone monoliths created through centuries of erosion. Today you can appreciate the region via a one-way path that winds through the valley.

Big Island, Hawaii
On Hawaii's Big Island, take a trip between Waimea and Kailua Kona to admire the moon landscape created by the island’s volcanic activity.

Sahara Desert, Tunisia
The Tunisian sand dunes were immortalised in film - they were used as a location for Star Wars and The English Patient. Explore the region around the village of Matmata for the best lunar landscapes.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.