El Norte Chico Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in El Norte Chico - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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La Serena 15

Vicuña 11

Ovalle 6

Copiapo 4

Pisco Elqui 3

Bahia Inglesa 2

Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar 1

Parque Nacional Bosques de Fray Jorge 1

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Beach–Sight 5

Cave 1

Forest 1

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Museum/ Gallery 8

Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 2

Observatory/ Planetarium 8

Park (National/ State/ Provincial) 1

Park/ Playground 1

Plaza/ Square/ Piazza 1

Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 7

Viewpoint/ Scenic Overlook 1

Winery/ Brewery/ Distillery 6

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Playa Las Machas

  • Beach–Sight

Stretching from the southernmost tip of Bahía Inglesa right around the bay, Playa Las Machas has escaped the attention of the majority...

Playa Peñuelas

  • Beach–Sight

Stretching along the city’s coastline up until neighboring Coquimbo, this sandy city beach is La Serena’s star attraction and a popular...

Playa Totoralillo

  • Beach–Sight

Even though it's a bit of a trek, this stunning package of bleach-white sand, turquoise water, and rocky desert scenery is worth the...

Plaza de Armas

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The town's shady central plaza is a pleasant place to pass an afternoon. ...

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 ...

Termas de Socos

  • Bath/Hot Spring

A tourist complex cut from the rough land, this hot spring is said to have waters with incredible healing powers, spouting from the earth...

Valle del Encanto

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

En route to the Valle del Encanto (Valley of Enchantment), the herds of goats and their caretakers charm, but true enchantment arrives...

Viña Cavas del Valle

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

A pleasant stop along the drive between Vicuña and Pisco Elqui, this boutique vineyard uses natural processes to produce several much-praised...

Viña Tabalí

  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery

One of Chile's newer vineyards is on the same unpaved road that leads to the Valle del Encanto and a perfect place to relax after exploring...


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