- Full day excursion to Elqui Valley; lunch included. After the breakfast at the hotel we will be picked up to enjoy a full day tour to the mystic, shocking and warm Elqui Valley, with a privileged location between the desert and vegetation. Here it will be possible to feel an energy recover, enjoying a mystical and esoteric atmosphere. Some people state that in the center of this valley, at the Cochiguaz area, the new geomagnetic center of the Earth is located. We will watch the Puclaro Reservoir that holds 200 million cubic meters of water, irrigating 700 hectares of surface. Here it is easy to see the white domes of the Tololo Observatory located there because of having one the clearest skies in the world. Among stunning vineyards, meet different varieties of Moscatel and Torontel grapes, which are used to make one of the most characteristic liquors in Chile, Pisco which is produced and bottled in the region. The short tour to the Pisco distillery will allow us to see the processes involved in the distillation of wine into this clear liquor. Visit the cellars, exhibition room and enjoy a tasting before continuing to Vicuña. Vicuña is the main town of the valley, located 60 kilometers away from La Serena, and it is the birthplace of the poet Gabriela Mistral, the Literature Nobel Prize winner. There will be time to see the Bauer Tower (old city hall), Vicuña's church and the Main Square. Lunch will be in a tyPica
l restaurant and is included in the full day tour. The tour begins its descent down the valley, stopping at the tomb of Gabriela Mistral in the village of Montegrande
and a visit to the old schoolhouse where she spent her childhood and is now a small museum. After that, we will continue to the Mamalluca Observatory. The Mamalluca amateur observatory is 1,200 meters above the sea level and far away from the light pollution of the city. Upon our arrival, the staff will give us an explanation and introduction to the stars, planets and galaxies. In small groups, we will access to the 12-inch diameter telescope, which is installed in the small dome or to use the portable telescopes outside in order to observe the stars in one of the clearest atmospheres in the world. Return to La Serena. Lodging at the selected hotel.