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Elqui Valley Tour from La Serena

1. Elqui Valley Tour from La Serena

Your day begins with an 8:30 AM pickup from your centrally located La Serena or Coquimbo hotel. Greet your guide, board the vehicle, and settle in for a journey of about two hours to Cochiguaz, in the Elqui Valley. After learning why some people call Cochiguaz the world's new geomagnetic center, and exploring a little of its new-age culture, pay a visit to a Pisco production plant. Discover how Chile's national drink is made and enjoy a tasting before returning on road that leads to Vicuña. Stroll through Vicuña as your guide explains how it is the most important town in the valley and also the hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Gabriela Mistral. There is also time to admire the Baüer Tower, main square, and church. Next, it's time for lunch in a typically Chilean restaurant. After lunch, descend into the valley to visit the tomb of Gabriela Mistral and her childhood school-house. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel at around 6:30 PM.

Damas or Chañaral islands Whales in Humboldt Penguin Reserve

2. Damas or Chañaral islands Whales in Humboldt Penguin Reserve

You will discover one of the places with major diversity of sea fauna in the South Pacific coast: "the frontiers of Coquimbo´s Green North region and the beginnings of the driest desert in the world: the Atacama." We will travel through attractive landscapes and settlements of ancient shepherds, miners, farmers and brave descendants of indigenous fishermens and pirates, until reaching the coast of the most experienced and long-standing artisanal fishermen, divers and seaweed collectors in Chile: Los Changos "blood drinkers" culture, Choros and Camanchacas. We will navigate the borders of the islands: Seagulls, Choros and Damas to appreciate its beautiful beaches with mythological geomorphology of stone gods and outstanding diversity of plants and cactus beside its attractive fauna of seabirds, sea otters, sea lions, penguins, whales and dolphins. You will discover islands of great beauty with a fascinating past that gave life to the first and last indigenous fishing rafts made with sealion skin.

La Serena and Coquimbo Guided City Tour

3. La Serena and Coquimbo Guided City Tour

Travel to the origins of the conquest to discover the places where the history and foundation of the North was forged Verde, Coquimbo Bay and the oldest city in the coast of the country, La Serena, Latin American capital for the Architecture and Urbanism and cradle of viticulture in the Southern Cone. Created to keep Santiago de Chile alive threatened by the Mapuche uprising, received by land and sea everything that came from the Viceroyalty of Peru, for his privileged geography and location, played a role strategy for the propagation of resources that they would raise and found the first cities of Chile and Argentina. Discover the treasures of La Serena and Coquimbo, ancestral bay and inhabited pre-Columbian cultural metropolis by the Animas, Changos, Diaguitas, Incas, Mapuches, Conquerors, clerics, and pirates, drawn by the weather and the riches of its coast and its mountains make it the economic and cultural capital of Chile in the colony. Itinerary • Tour of terraces, old town monuments (Churches and Plan serena) foundational milestones and origins of Chilean wine • Visit the archaeological museum, La Recova market and Plaza de Weapons of La Serena (Cathedral, Dominican Church and statues). • Tour of Aguirre Avenue and visit to the Monumental Lighthouse. • Entrance to Avenida del Mar in La Serena and Avenida Costanera from Coquimbo, views of the Culebrón wetland and the Mosque. • Arrival at Ciudad Puerto de Coquimbo and tour of its historic streets, central square and English Quarter. • Stop at Fort Lambert, Cross of the Third Millennium, the pampilla and Viewpoint of the Navigators. • Visit the port and Church of Guayacan and the town of La Herradura. • Free time at Totoralillo beach and return to La Serena.

Elqui Valley Grand-Tour

4. Elqui Valley Grand-Tour

Explore one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Chile and the world where the most emblematic landscapes and cultural treasures of our country were born. Ancient precolumbian villages, early churches and hacienda houses of the first spanish conquistadores, surrounded by pyramidal mountains rich in minerals and magnetism gave birth to tropical fruits, semiarid flora and mediterranean crops inspired the creation of the most recognized wineries and pisco distilleries in Chile. Discover the art of the Diaguitas, the legacy of the Incas, the origins of Chilean wine and pisco, the landcapes that inspired the life and artwork of Nobel winner Gabriela Mistral, its avant-garde Astronomical Observatories and its mysterious new age’s communities.

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