El Norte Chico Travel Guide


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Plan Your El Norte Chico Vacation

For hundreds of years, people have journeyed to El Norte Chico—Chile's Little North—for the riches that lay buried deep within the earth. First came the Incas, who wandered the burnt hills in search of gold. A century later the gold-seeking Spanish arrived on these shores. The 19th-century silver book brought more prospectors. Today it is copper that yields the majority of the region's income. No wonder locals once called this "the land of 10,000 mines."


El Norte Chico Hotels

The good news is that lodging in El Norte Chico is relatively inexpensive. Your best bet is often the beach resorts, which have everything from nice cabanas...read more


El Norte Chico Restaurants

El Norte Chico is not known for its gastronomy, although the food here is simple, unpretentious, and often quite good. Along the coast you'll find abundant...read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in El Norte Chico

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


El Norte Chico Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    Sugar-sand beaches: Soft sand, turquoise water, and warm breezes make El Norte Chico's beaches among Chile's best. In summer (January and February)... Read more

  • Chile's National Drink

    Distilled from muscat grapes grown in the sunbaked river valleys of El Norte Chico, pisco is indisputably Chile's national drink. This fruity... Read more


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