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Valle del Elqui

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The area offers beautiful geography and fertile crop fields. The land where Gabriela Mistral was born has great cultural and archaeological interest. It has an ideal landscape for outdoor activities and sports around nature, another attraction for those who visit Chile. Besides, its clear skies permit to enjoy astronomical observation. It has scientific constructions like Cerro Totolo and Mamalluca Astronomical Observatories, both with high technology. In the other hand, meditation and relaxing time are a must-do while you're in the area.


Wineyards. Papaya crops. Pisco industries. Cultural and archaeological interest zone.


Hiking, trekking, horseback ridings, mountainbike, high mountain tours, picnic, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.


Fourth region.

How to get there?

Anywhere-La Serena: Land route, by Panamericana Highway north (473 kilometer) Santiago, Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Copiapo-La Serena: Airway. La Serena-Vicuña: Land route, by Internacional Route CH-41 La Serena-Paihuano: Land route, by Internacional Route Gabriela Mistral CH-41. Paihuano-Another attractions: Land route, Road D-485

When to go?

All year long.


Semiarid. Arid by the north and mild by the south. The shore temperatures are homogeneuos, meanwhile in the interior the temperature oscillates between day and night time. Rain during winter season.


Housing, food, outdoor activities, roads, camping.


La Virgen Hill, El Molle, La Laguna Dam, Gualliuaica, Monte Grande, Cerro Mamalluca Astronomical Observatory, Cerro Tololo Astronomical Observatory, Paihuano, Cochiguaz Valley, Elqui River Valley, Vicuña.

Some featured hotels in Valle del Elqui

  • Eco Lodge Casona Distante

    Situated in Alcohuaz, one of the most beautiful and pure spots of the Elqui Valley, approximately 120 kms distant from La Serena, Ecolodge “La Casona Distante” is a place surrounded by an amazing scenery and a pleasantly calm, which…

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    Eco Lodge Casona Distante
  • Hotel Elqui Domos

    Elqui Domos is one of the seven astronomic hotel in the world and it is the only one located in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the middle of the Elqui Valley, this hotel allows the privileged star gazing, featuring special facilities…

    From USD$148 Ref. Double

    Hotel Elqui Domos

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