ELQUI RIVER VALLEY
Know Elqui River ValleyIt's one of the better known valleys in Chile because of its agricultural value. The Elqui River Valley has both fertile and arid areas, combined with perfect clear and blue skies. Thanks to winter precipitations, the agricultural activity is possible in the valley. The pisco industry in one of the most important. Also, the attraction has Anima, Diaguita, Inca and Molle cultures vestiges.
Attractions: Wineyards. Archaeological interest zone.
Activities: Hiking, horseback ridings, mountainbike, high mountain tours, river kayak, swimming, windsurf, picnic, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
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. Then, take Road D-485
When to go: All year long.
Weather: 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.
Services: Housing, food, outdoor activities, museums, parks, camping.
Surroundings: 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.