50th Anniversary of the First Step on the Moon: Top 10 Similar Places on Earth

50th Anniversary of the First Step on the Moon: Top 10 Similar Places on Earth

The team of momondo.ro - the free motor search engine has found places on Earth that resemble different parts of its natural satellite.

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took the first step on the moon, and even though many astronauts enjoyed the original views, there are horses accessible to all travelers who want to make a clearer idea of ​​what the moon looks like from a few meters.

The first very similar place is near, in Buzau County: The Muddy Volcanoes. About 150 km away from Bucharest, small volcanic structures, caused by mud eruptions and natural gas, guide every visitor on a serene journey.


Apollo 11 was the first US mission to land a human team 50 years ago. Still, there are still places that reproduce those images on the same continent. Bisti / De-Na-Zin The Wilderness Area is located in the state of New Mexico and is an immense area (18,000 ha) of rocks and valleys of different shapes and colors formed in the space of a great ancient.
On Maui Island, there is Haleakalā National Park, a place where volcanic formations make this space an ideal background picture for astronauts' costumes.

Descending to the south of the continent, Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia) and Valle de la Luna (Chile) are two desert areas that look similar to the lunar land. Salt is a common element of the two areas, but differently arranged: in the first it looks like a huge white carpet, and in the second are oases or formations that resemble the sculpture made by wind and water.

The average price of a round trip ticket to the economy class:

Bisti / De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area (New Mexico, USA) - Las Vegas (LAS): 835 EUR
Haleakalā National Park (Hawaii, USA) - Honolulu (HNL): 1113 EUR
Valle de la Luna (Chile) - Santiago (SCL): EUR 992


Romanian travelers can admire such landscapes in closer places, enjoying lower airfares. Bardenas Reales is a semi-desert area located in the northeastern part of Spain, with plains, canyons or tubular shapes sculpted by wind and water, as well as the specific bumps of this area (called cabezos).

Without leaving the country, you can also visit the Timanfaya National Park, in the southwestern part of the island of Lanzarote, part of the Canary Islands. The volcanic soil makes this park a good place for searcher images.

Also in the western part of the continent is Landmannalaugar, part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the mountains of Iceland, formed after a volcanic eruption in the mid-millennium.

Besides the specific appearance with reddish mountains / browns, the area also attracts lovers of mountain trails or geothermal springs.

The average price of a round trip ticket to the economy class:
Bardenas Reales - Zaragoza (ZAZ): 217 EUR / Bilbao (BIO): 191.5 EUR
Timanfaya - Lanzarote (ACE): 260 EUR
Landmannalaugar - Reykjavik (KEF): 367.5 EUR

Africa, Asia, Oceania

Long journeys are used to include locations as diverse as holidays become more and more intense memories when viewed through photos.
In the southern part of Namibia is the Fish River Canyon, the largest canyon in Africa (160 km long, up to 27 km wide and places up to 550 m deep). The 90 km route attracts hikers from all over the world and is one of the most famous in southern Africa.

Another landscape that resembles those of the Moon, but more colorful, is located in the central-northern part of China, in Zhangye National Geopark. The most visited part is 30 km west of Zhangye town and attracts tourists mainly through rock formations of several hundred meters with different layers of color.

In a more remote place (New Zealand) is the Whakaari Island, whose almost circular shape is determined by an active volcano with a diameter of about 2 km and a height of 321 m above sea level.

Interestingly, this is just the top of the mountain below the sea level and stretches at an altitude of about 1600 m from the bottom of the sea. The landscapes on the island are largely dominated by the gray color of the rocks and columns formed by sulfur yellow vapors. Apart from a few birds, there are no other beasts on the island - just like the Moon!

The average price of a round trip ticket to the economy class:

Fish River Canyon (Namibia) - Windhoek (WDH): 936 EUR

Zhangye National Geopark (China) - Chengdu (CTU): 646 EUR

Whakaari Island (New Zealand) - Auckland (AKL): 1109.5 EUR