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Vineyard in 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. Pisco forms the basis of the Pisco Sour cocktail (made with lemon juice and egg whites) which you will undoubtedly try during your time in Chile, but don't mention Peru! Both countries have claimed the cocktail as their national drink and there is much debate in both countries over ownership of the name.

Visit some of the local 'pisqueras' or Pisco production plants including the oldest plant, Los Nichos, where Pisco is still produced in the traditional way.

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Other experiences in Elqui Valley

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around 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 suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • 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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