Vineyards and Tasting Pisco in the Elqui Valley (App. 08 hours)

Depart from Coquimbo and pass through the downtown area of Coquimbo, where you can see the main square, the Plaza de Armas. Next continue towards the city of La Serena along the Coastal Avenue, at the end of which is the lighthouse, El Faro, which is the symbol of the city of La Serena. Time is allowed for a photo stop. From here, the tour continues into the fertile Elqui Valley, irrigated by the Elqui river from the high Andean Mountains. The valley is especially famous for having the clearest atmosphere in the world, and it is especially suited for astronomical purposes.

The drive continues to the picturesque town of Vicuña, also noted for being the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral, the Nobel prize winner for literature. There will be time to see the Bauer Tower (the old city hall), the church, and the main square. Before leaving the town, the pisco distillery provides a short tour to see the production of this liquor, which is made from different varieties of grapes by the process of the distillation of wine. Visit the cellars, exhibition room, and enjoy a tasting before continuing further up the valley to enjoy a good lunch in the attractive village of Pisco Elqui. On your return down the valley, enjoy seeing the mountains with their ever changing colors, and the abundance of fruit, vegetables and vines grown in this fertile valley, full of sunshine and clear skies.