El Norte Chico Sights

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Vicuña 11

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Centro Tursitico Capel

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Visiting a pisco vineyard is a great way to learn about the history of the product that has come to define the Elqui Valley, not to mention...

Cerro de la Virgen

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Devotees of the Virgen de Lourdes, the town's patron saint, consider this hill a place of pilgrimage. Overlooking the city, it affords...

Gran Observatorio Solar de Chile

  • Observatory/Planetarium

This new project of the Pangue Observatory claims to be the only solar tourist observatory in South America. Using a specialized Lunt...

Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A huge steeple tops this 1909 church facing the central square. It has some pretty ceiling paintings and an image of the Virgin del Carmen...

Museo Gabriela Mistral

  • Museum/Gallery

An expansive tribute to Vicuña’s favorite daughter, the Gabriela Mistral Museum gathers a wide array of artifacts from the writer’s...

Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca

  • Observatory/Planetarium

The most welcoming of the Elqui Valley observatories and the one that attracts the most visitors, Mamalluca is 9 km (5½ miles) north...

Pangue Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

One of the many tourist observatories to pop up across the region catering to the growing numbers of visitors keen to catch their own...

Pisquera Aba

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

Just off the road that leads from Vicuña to Pisco Elqui is a small, family-run distillery known for producing several premium piscos.

Solar de los Madariaga

  • Museum/Gallery

Built between 1870 and 1875 and maintained as a historic, colonial-era home of the region, this museum is complete with antique furnishings...

Teatro Municipal

  • Arts/Performance Venue

This working theater on the central square is noted for its art-deco flourishes ...