GREAT AMERICAN VACATION
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El Norte Chico is a vast region spreading some 700 km (435 mi) between Río Aconcagua and Río Copiapó. Ideally, you'll need more than one base to explore the entire area. In the south, La Serena is a good place to start if you're going to the Elqui Valley. The Limarí Valley is where you'll want to be if your destination is the Valle del Encanto. Copiapó, near the region's northern border, is a convenient stop if you're headed to Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar.