Fodor's Expert Review Valle del Encanto

Ovalle Archaeological Site/Ruins Fodor's Choice

One of the more intriguing spots in all of Norte Chico, this isolated and sprawling reserve is crisscrossed by unexplained holes in the stone floor, made most likely by the Molle and Diaguita cultures. Also dotted all around the park are rock carvings known as petroglyphs and pictographs, which date back from about 4,000 years and feature everything from a (supposed) alien to people with elaborate headdresses. Wildlife roams everywhere here, so keep an eye out for the liebre (hare), loica (long-tailed meadowlark), and the degu, a native rodent.

Sometimes a guide waits near the petroglyphs and can show you the best of the carvings for a small fee. To reach the site, take Ruta 45 west from Ovalle. About 19 km (12 miles) out of town, head south for 5 km (3 miles) on a rough, dry road.

Archaeological Site/Ruins Fodor's Choice

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24 km (15 miles) west of Ovalle
Ovalle, Coquimbo  1840000, Chile

51-224–4306

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Rate Includes: 2,500 pesos, 2500 pesos, Closed Mon. and Tues.

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