The Elqui Domos consists of six two story domes. The focus here is on the appreciation of the area's fabulous skies and include specialised astronomic tours, night time horse rides and telescope handling.
Casona Distante, Elqui Valley, Chile
Situated around 120km from La Serena in a stunningly quiet corner of the Elqui Valley this country house has dedicated itself to preserving the local culture and traditions. The main house was built of adobe in the 1940's and while it was recently refurbished still has many original quirks. The eight rooms are comfortable and have all you need but it is the people who work here who make it special.
There is a wonderfully homely feel as soon as you arrive and with meals included and served at one long table you soon get to know everyone as well. As well as stargazing you can also walk down to the river, hire bikes or relax by the pool.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
El Pangue observatory is located ten miles to the south of Vicuña, in the middle of the Elqui valley, just an hour and a half from La Serena.
With the absence of light pollution and favourable climate, The Elqui Valley provides fantastic opportunities to view the night time sky.