Elqui Valley Tours

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Famous for its pisco production, Chile’s Elqui Valley is one of the country’s most enchanting and peculiar places. Carpeted in the fluorescent green of grape vines, the valley stands in stark contrast to the arid hills to either side. Pisco isn’t the only thing produced here either; custard apples, avocados, papayas and oranges are also cultivated in the area. Several of the valley’s pisco distilleries are open for tours and tastings.

If Elqui Valley is known for its agriculture, it’s just as well known for its astrotourism. Due to the valley’s unique location — sandwiched between the Andean foothills and the Atacama Desert — the night sky here is incredibly clear and ideal for stargazing. The valley already houses some of the world’s biggest research telescopes, and it’s estimated that by 2020 Chile will house 70 percent of the world’s astronomical infrastructure. The valley also boasts several observatories built for the more casual stargazer, including the popular Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca. The small city of Vicuña, located within the valley, is famously the birthplace of poet Gabriela Mistral.

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Vicuña in the Elqui Valley is located 39 miles (62 kilometers) east of La Serena.
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Address: La Serena, Chile
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Elqui Valley and Vicuña Private Tour Including Lunch

Explore Chile's lush Elqui Valley on a private shore excursion from your La Serena port of call. Set out for this stunning region where the bulk of Chilean pisco is produced, stopping first at Puclaro, an artificial reservoir offerings spectacular views of the area. Next tour a pisco factory, learn about the distillation process of this national spirit and enjoy a sampling or two before continuing on to Vicuña, the birthtown of poet Gabriela Mistral. Peruse the Gabriela Mistral museum, then enjoy lunch in Villaseca before returning to port.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Elqui Valley Tour from La Serena

Visit the home of Chile’s famous Pisco Sour on this full-day, small-group tour of the Elqui Valley from La Serena, including hotel pickup. Uncover the cosmic secrets of the Cochiguaz Valley; tour a Pisco production plant; and indulge in an expert-led Pisco tasting. After tucking into a traditional lunch (included) at a local restaurant, spend time exploring Vicuña, the hometown of Nobel Prize winning poet Gabriela Mistral.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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