A weekend in Valle del Elqui will provide you with an experience full of discoveries and unique moments.

The Elqui Valley is a magical corner in Chile, with the promise of an unforgettable weekend for all types of travelers. Its dazzling landscape, rich history, heritage of pisco and wine, and the connection to spirituality and astronomy make this place a destination where anyone would want to discover its treasures.

The history of the Elqui Valley dates back to pre-Columbian times when it was home to the Diaguitas, an indigenous civilization that left its mark on the region. As Spanish colonization advanced, the valley transformed into a fertile agricultural and winemaking epicenter. In the 19th century, pisco production became the region's crown jewel, a tradition that remains alive and strong to this day.

This brief historical summary leads us to a must-do activity: pisco tasting. The region is famous for producing this distinguished grape-based spirit. Local distilleries open their doors for you to discover the intriguing pisco-making process, with tastings of the most exquisite varieties that will leave you enchanted. Similarly, the Elqui Valley is equally renowned for its production of top-notch wines. Local wineries offer tours that will immerse you in the world of winemaking and pamper you with wine tastings that will delight your senses, all while enjoying the idyllic surroundings among vineyards and majestic mountains.

Moreover, the Elqui Valley was the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral, one of the most influential poets in Latin America, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945. Her legacy permeates every corner of the valley. To learn more about her life and work, you must not miss a visit to her house-museum in Montegrande. The natural beauty of the Elqui Valley was a constant source of inspiration for Mistral, whose influence endures in the poetry and art that this corner holds.

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The spiritual and astronomical connection of the Elqui Valley

The Elqui Valley is known for its spiritual energy and is an ideal destination for those seeking well-being and meditation. Enjoy spiritual retreats, alternative therapies, and activities that revitalize your being in the midst of a natural and serene environment. After a relaxing sound therapy, you'll want to repeat it every day.

Additionally, the valley is a privileged enclave for astronomical observation. Its dry climate and clear skies attract astronomers from around the world, who recognize that the skies of the Elqui Valley are the clearest in the world. Dare to participate in exciting astronomical tours that invite you to explore the mysteries of the universe and gaze at stars and planets through high-quality telescopes.

For nature and adventure lovers, this place offers a range of outdoor activities. Thrilling horseback rides will take you through mountains and trails, while bike rides through vineyards will immerse you in the natural beauty of the region. Here, you can clear your mind and connect with nature like never before.

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Discover Elqui Valley in 4 days and 3 nights

If you want to discover the natural treasures of the Elqui Valley, taste the flavors of its piscos, wines, and dishes, learn the history of its towns, and lose yourself among the stars, this 4-day, 3-night multi-experience program with accommodation is perfect for a weekend, especially if it coincides with a holiday, or for a vacation that disconnects you from the daily grind and immerses you in the mysticism of the Valley.

For more information on this and other programs and tours to the Elqui Valley, La Serena, and other destinations in Chile, contact czuniga@gochile.cl.

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