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Elqui Valley Tour. This operator runs regular tours to the Isla Damas marine nature reserve, La Serena’s historical center, Mamalluca Observatory, and the Elqui Valley. When there is sufficient demand, Elqui Valley Tours also leads excursions to areas of Parque Nacional Fray Jorge and Valle de Encanto, as well as the nearby town of Andacollo. Arturo Prat 567, Interior Patio, La Serena, 1710090. 51/214–846 or 9/7374–2208. www.elquivalleytour.cl. From 20,000 pesos.
Ingservtur. This local tour operator organizes visits to sites of historical interest in La Serena, nearby observatories, the Elqui Valley, and the Isla Damas marine reserve. La Serena. 51/248–4008. www.ingservtur.cl. From 20,000 pesos.
Itravel. The holder of a national tourism service seal of quality, Itravel leads excursions to Isla Damas and the surrounding areas of marine interest: the Elqui Valley and Fray Jorge National Park. As well as organizing visits to the tourist-friendly Mamalluca Observatory, this company goes to the more remote research observatories not serviced by public transport. Private tours to other destinations can also be arranged. Eduardo de la Barra 657, La Serena, 1710144. 51/222–4350 or 51/9–6190–7045. www.itravel.cl. From 19,000 pesos.
Talinay. Trekking in the Andes, scuba diving, rock climbing, and paintballing are among the activities available through this adventure tourism specialist. You can also organize visits to the popular regional attractions, including the Isla Damas reserve, Mamalluca Observatory, and Elqui Valley. Parcela 52, Hortencia Bustamante, La Serena, 1711015. 9/8360–6464. www.talinaychile.com. From 24,000 pesos.