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 16

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

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Cave 1

Forest 1

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Nature Preserve/ Wildlife Refuge 2

Observatory/ Planetarium 8

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Religious Building/ Site/ Shrine 7

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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...

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...

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...

La Silla Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

Administered by the 15-member European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla Observatory is one of the largest and most important observatories...

Las Campanas Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

This observatory of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 100 km (62 miles) north of La Serena, has twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes...

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 (6 miles) north of...

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...


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