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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 star-gazer or professional astronomer, this is one of the best places in the world to see the night-time sky.

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    Places near Elqui Valley

    Accommodation choices for Elqui Valley

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Elqui Valley. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Casona Distante

      Casona Distante


      Situated around 120 km from La Serena in a stunningly quiet corner of the Elqui Valley this ecolodge has dedicated itself to preserving the local culture and traditions.

    • Elqui Domos, Elqui Valley

      Elqui Domos


      The Elqui Domos consists of seven two-story domes. The focus here is on the appreciation of the area's fabulous skies and include specialized astronomic tours, night-time horse rides and telescope handling.

    Ideas for experiencing Elqui Valley

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Elqui Valley, and which use the best local guides.

    • 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 favorable climate, the Elqui Valley provides fantastic opportunities to view the night-time sky.

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