El Norte Chico

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  • 1. Destilería Mistral

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    In the older section of this pisco plant, maintained strictly for show, you can see the antiquated copper cauldrons and wooden barrels formerly...Read More

  • 2. Fundo Los Nichos

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    About 4 km (3 miles) past Pisco Elqui lies this operational pisco distillery. Guided tours show you around its workings and culminate in the...Read More

  • 3. Museo Arqueológico de La Serena

    Museum/Gallery

    Housing many fascinating artifacts and one of the world's best collections of precolonial ceramics, this museum is a must-see for anyone interested...Read More

  • 4. Museo Mineralógico

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum offers a geological history of the region and the country's best collection of rocks and minerals. There are close to 2,500 samples...Read More

  • 5. 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 glimpse...Read More

  • 6. Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This national reserve stretching for 40 km (25 miles) along the coast north of the town of Chañaral has some of Chile's most spectacular coastal...Read More

  • 7. Pisquera Aba

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small, family-run distillery is known for producing several premium piscos that are consistently wining awards and international accolades...Read More

  • 8. 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 of tourists...Read More

  • 9. 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 trip. The...Read More

  • 10. Valle del Encanto

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the more intriguing spots in all of Norte Chico, this isolated and sprawling reserve is crisscrossed by unexplained holes in the stone...Read More

  • 11. Viña Tabalí

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This small-scale winemaker is a Limari Valley pioneer, known for producing premium quality wines that highlight the character of each of their...Read More

  • 12. Casa Escuela

    Museum/Gallery

    On the way to Pisco Elqui is the tiny village of Montegrande, where Gabriela Mistral grew up and considered her hometown. Her family lived in...Read More

  • 13. Centro Turístico Capel

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 14. 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 a great...Read More

  • 15. Cerro Tololo Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Perched at 2,200 meters (7,200 feet), Cerro Tololo Observatory runs free tours of its two principal telescopes on Saturdays. During January...Read More

  • 16. Gemini South Observatory

    Observatory/Planetarium

    With one of the largest telescopes in the world, an 8.1-meter (26.5 feet) Cassegrain, this observatory 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Cerro Tololo...Read More

  • 17. Gran Observatorio Solar de Chile

    Observatory/Planetarium

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

  • 18. Iglesia Catedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The largest church in La Serena, this imposing cathedral faces the beautiful Plaza de Armas and is open to the public. French architect Jean...Read More

  • 19. Iglesia Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    English architect William Rogers built this neoclassical church facing the central square in the middle of the 19th century. Check out the silver...Read More

  • 20. 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 carried...Read More

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