Pisco Elqui is a small town nestled in a hill. It retains its old architecture which can be seen in the houses and the chapel of our Lady of the Rosary. It is known for being a mystical area and own one of the most clear skies in the world for stargazing.
Pisco Elqui, located in Región de Coquimbo, 107 kms East of La Serena, is a small town set atop a hill in Elqui Valley. Originally named La Greda due to its location near Quebrada de la Greda, its name was then changed to Unión, and then to its current name in 1939.
The town maintains its antique architecture through its old houses and the Chapel "Nuestra Señora del Rosario", whose steeple is visible from far away. The Pisco Elqui property is located nearby. This is the oldest distillery of pisco (Chilean liquor similar to clear brandy) in the region and it can be visited through programmed tours.
Location : Región de Coquimbo 107 km (66.8 mi) east of La Serena. And 37 km (23 mi) east of Vicuña.
The cuisine in the North of Chile is characterized by a variety of legumes and cereals, due to the arid climate. Within the most common ingredients are quinoa, a staple in the Inca culture, also is the potato, carrot and various tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit and guava.
Among typical dishes are roast alpaca cooked on firewood, chuño which is a soup-based Popes alpaca, onion, wheat and other vegetables. Also you can find al types of seafood and fishes to make differents dishes.
Further to the North, a typical sweet is the chumbeque this fact of flour, lard and layers of Orange, mango, passion fruit jams. There are also the pululos, which are a kind of very common puffed rice in the north end.
The climate oscillates between desertic and Mediterranean. The annual temperature is 13 ° C.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not throw garbage on the beaches, parks or streets. To take care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.