Enchanted Valley (Valle del Encanto), La Serena

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Survey the ancient petroglyphs at Enchanted Valley (Valle del Encanto), featuring designs carved into rocks over 2,500 years ago. These ruins represent an excellent example of Molle pre-Columbian archaeology and provide some evidence of a hunter-gatherer civilization that existed over 4,000 years ago. Take a guided tour to bring the trip alive with stories and insight into the region and its history. The trail to the ruins is easy and accessible enough; still, you should wear sturdy boots to navigate the less well-maintained gravel road. Make Enchanted Valley (Valle del Encanto) a part of your La Serena vacation plans using our La Serena tour planner.
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  • My husband and I spent the whole afternoon at Valle del Encanto, exploring independently using the provided map. This area is amazing! Full of petroglyphs, pictographs and mortars (morteros) from the ...  more »
  • We came with high expectations given the comments on the internet, but I expected more, lack of descriptive information. I understand the position of the Sun is very important to appreciate better this (before noon). It is possible this has influenced, since demonstrations are not noticed in all its glory. On the other hand, these lucky have a stake with the name of "engraving", but no other information.
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  • We left the Pan American Highway and took a small country road to the valley which has great archaeological importance, being considered an open air museum of scientific and cultural interest. Groups ...  more »

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La Serena provides a varied selection of sleeping options, with the area between the main bus station and the town center featuring at least one hostel on every street. Despite this abundance of lodgings, many hotels book up fast at the height of the tourist season (summer: January-February), and some refuse visitors on single-night stays. If you're looking for the ultimate in space and comfort, consider renting a furnished apartment on the coastline.
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