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The Elqui Valley Travel Guide


With a dry desert-like climate and very little rainfall, the rocky terrain of the Elqui Valley is considered one of the best places in the world for star gazing. Located about 250 miles north of Santiago the region is home to many observatories which benefit from the clear air and very little light pollution. The Elqui Valley is also where the majority of Chile’s famous pisco (a form of alcohol made from grapes) is made. Production centres around the small village of Pisco Elqui where you can visit a distillery and try the ubiquitous pisco sour cocktail!

A little off the usual tourist trail, the Elqui Valley with it's clear skies and little light pollution is a wonderful spot for stargazers.

Best months to visit The Elqui Valley

The small amount of rain that does fall in this region comes in the winter (May until August). Most of the rest of the year is dry with the peak season running from December until February.

Our hand-picked hotels in The Elqui Valley

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in the Elqui Valley.

Best reasons to visit the Elqui Valley

The clear night skies above the Elqui Valley make it a dream destination for stargazers. Here are our highlights and top experiences.

Stay in the unique Elqui Domes stargazing lodge

Listen to the sound of silence in a truly remote location

Learn about the different constellations

Watch the stars from a specialist observatory

See the sunset in the valley

Weather Averages for the Elqui Valley

Other destinations in Chile

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