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Stretching east from the coastal town of La Serena, the Elqui Valley is a fertile carpet of green and home to Chile's famous Pisco production. Dotted with vineyards where you can taste this ubiquitous Chilean drink (or join the debate as to whether it is Peruvian!), the region has some excellent restaurants and “picadas” (small local restaurants) which serve everything from roasted goat to organic cuisine.

With some of cleanest air and clearest skies in Chile, the valley is home to myriad of futuristic observatories. Whether you are an amateur stargazer or professional astronomer, this is one of the best places in the world to see the night-time sky.

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    • Explore the Elqui Valley
      Elqui Valley, Chile

      Explore the Elqui Valley

      Explore the Elqui Valley

      A stay in the Elqui Valley provides you with a great opportunity to explore Chilean Pisco culture. Pisco is the strong South American 'brandy' distilled from fermented white muscat grapes, grown throughout the Elqui Valley and in Peru.

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    • El Pangue Observatory
      Elqui Valley,Chile

      El Pangue Observatory

      El Pangue Observatory

      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.

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    • Private stargazing at Elqui Domos
      Elqui Domos, Elqui Valley

      Private stargazing at Elqui Domos

      Private stargazing at Elqui Domos

      With the absence of light pollution and favourable climate, the Elqui Valley provides fantastic opportunities to view the night-time sky.

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