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Valle del Elqui, La Serena

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Take a tour of Valle del Elqui to learn about the region's culture and observe the natural beauty of Chile. See the childhood home of the nation's first Nobel Laureate, Gabriella Mistral, after learning about her life at the museum dedicated to her. The region grows fruits and grapes used in winemaking, as well as Chile's most popular liquor, pisco. While touring through the valley, stop at one of the pisco distilleries to learn more about the production. Visit the Elqui River dam and get an even better view of the spectacular landscape. Make Valle del Elqui part of your personalized La Serena itinerary using our La Serena tourist route planner.
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Where to stay in La Serena

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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  • Wonderful contrasts between harsh desert hills and vines covering the valley floor and now creeping up the hill sides. No idea how they do it!  more »
  • The Elqui Valley is well worth a visit. However, do not stop at Vicuna. This town is rather squalid and does not really capture the real nature of the upper valley. Places such a Montegrande and Pisco...  more »
  • We took a tour through this area of fruit farms, wineries, Pisco distilleries and heard the history of the area from the guide.It is well worth a visit.  more »