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Elqui Valley Full Day Tour: magical towns, pisco and mountains

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La Serena, CL
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Experience the magic of the Elqui Valley on a full day tour that takes you through picturesque towns, breathtaking mountains, and the heart of Chilean culture. Immerse yourself in the illuminated atmosphere that has inspired artists, poets, and mystics for centuries. Explore ancient indigenous sites, churches, and hacienda houses that reflect the rich history of the region. Visit the famous vineyards and wine cellars, where you'll learn about the origins of Chilean and Argentine wine. Marvel at the advanced astronomical observatories and soak in the beauty of the pyramidal mountains and transparent atmosphere. Discover the art of the Diaguitas and the legacy of the Incas. Indulge in a delicious lunch of typical Chilean food cooked with solar ovens. And don't forget to visit the distillery and taste the famous pisco made from muscatel grapes. This full day tour is an adventure you don't want to miss!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 10 hours
  • Suitable for 3-15 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Visit the beautiful and historic town of Elqui Valley
  • Discover the art of the Diaguitas and the legacy of the Incas
  • Taste the famous pisco at a distillery and factory
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch of typical Chilean food
  • Experience the stunning landscapes and viewpoints of the region
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Photographs in landscapes and historical sites
  • Tickets and tastings
  • Gratuities

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Introduction

Discover the hidden gem of Chile, the Elqui Valley, on a full day tour that takes you through magical towns, offers a taste of delicious pisco, and showcases the breathtaking beauty of the mountains. This tour will immerse you in the rich cultural heritage of Chile and provide an unforgettable experience filled with relaxation, inspiration, and cosmic connections.

What to Expect?

During this tour, you can anticipate a total duration of 600 minutes filled with fascinating experiences. You will begin in La Serena, where you'll explore the foundational terraces, old town, and important monuments. As you journey through the valley, you'll discover the ancient indigenous sites, visit churches and hacienda houses of the first conquerors, and witness the engineering marvel that stores water for agriculture and wind sports. You'll also have the opportunity to sample the best typical products of the Elqui Valley at the Falernia vineyard and Olivier papayas store. The tour continues to Vicuna, a picturesque city known for its beautiful square adorned with sculptures. You'll indulge in a delicious lunch of typical Chilean food cooked with solar ovens. The tour concludes with a visit to a distillery and pisco factory, where you can taste the renowned muscatel grape alcohol.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for those seeking relaxation, inspiration, and a deeper connection to Chile's cultural heritage. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a wine and pisco lover, or simply a traveler looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Elqui Valley, this experience is for you. All ages and backgrounds are welcome to join this enchanting journey through the valley's towns, landscapes, and cultural treasures.

Why Book This?

Embark on this tour to discover the hidden cultural gems of the Elqui Valley. Immerse yourself in the art of the Diaguitas, experience the legacy of the Incas, and learn about the origin of Chilean and Argentine wine. Marvel at the advanced astronomical observatories and wander through the places that inspired mystics and the first female Nobel Prize winner for literature in Latin America, Gabriela Mistral. This tour offers a unique blend of history, art, gastronomy, and natural beauty, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Good to Know

During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious typical Chilean lunch, consisting of a starter, main course, dessert, and a refreshing drink, all cooked with solar ovens. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes for walking through the scenic towns and landscapes. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning viewpoints and unique experiences along the way. Get ready to be immersed in the transparent atmosphere and illuminated ambiance of the Elqui Valley, truly a destination like no other.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced this tour rave about the unique insights they gained into the cultural heritage of Chile. They were captivated by the mystical atmosphere, stunning landscapes, and the warmth of the people they encountered along the way. Many praised the knowledgeable guides who brought the history and stories of the Elqui Valley to life. Overall, the reviews highlight the Elqui Valley Full Day Tour as a must-do experience for those seeking a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chile's rich cultural past.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

La Serena

(Pass by)

Home Tour tour of the foundational terraces, old town and main monuments of the typical area and Plan Serena

Embalse Puclaro

We will get to know this surprising work of engineering that stores water for agriculture, mining and also for the practice of wind sports. We will visit its viewpoint and stores of typical products

Vina Falernia

We will stop at the store of the Falernia vineyard and Olivier papayas to learn about the best typical products of the Elqui Valley.

Museo Gabriela Mistral de Vicuna

We will visit a historic little town and national monument where the future Nobel Prize for Literature Gabriela Mistral lived, grew up, studied and taught.

Admission Included

Vicuna

We will visit this small and picturesque city that has one of the liveliest, most beautiful squares with the largest number of sculptures in Chile.

Restaurant Solar " Entre Cordilleras"

We will get to know an emblematic little town embraced by the sun whose women, in order to overcome the scarcity of resources, decide to learn to cook using artisanal ovens using the energy of the sun. We will have lunch typical Chilean food from the mountains (starter, bottom, dessert and soft drink) in a renowned restaurant where different foods and typical preparations are cooked with solar ovens.

Admission Included

Paihuano

We will stop at one of the most beautiful viewpoints and landscapes in Chile, where the first grape harvests, bacchanals and wine festivals in Chile and the Southern Cone will be celebrated.

Centro Turistico Cooperativa Capel

We will visit a distillery and pisco factory belonging to the capel cooperative or similar where we will taste the famous alcohol of muscatel grapes, its heritage and equipment.

Admission Included

Monte Grande

Beautiful town where the indigenous mountain valleys of Cochihuaz and Alcohuaz meet and where the first female Nobel Prize winner in Latin American literature Gabriela Mistral grew up. Its church, plaza, sculptures and the poet's house were declared a national monument as a whole.

Pisco Elqui

We will arrive at this beautiful and historic town on foot, reliving the walk of the old alcohol merchants who sought this well-known place in the mountains for its famous, sweet and aromatic wines, pisco and grape alcohols. Later, and from this beautiful place, caravans of merchants and muleteers departed to supply alcohol to the largest city in the world at the beginning of the 17th century, Potosi.

Reviews

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5 (6)

Elena_B

This tour was a great way to spend the day. We covered a lot of ground in the ~9 hours we spent together. Cristobal was a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide whose passion for Chilean history and culture is obvious from the start. The choices for points of interest were excellent and one of the highlights was eating at a restaurant that used the sun to cook the food. Cristobal accommodated both English and Spanish speakers on the tour and was able to seamlessly switch between languages throughout the day. Everything was well organized and well balanced in terms of seeing beautiful landscapes, tasting pisco/wine while also learning about Chilean history. I’d recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing this beautiful part of Chile.

Youngone51

A great day out with a very knowledgeable guide. We were the only English speakers in our group and he went out of his way to make sure that we were included by repeating everything in English to us.

Hannah N

A very interesting day! Learning about The Valley, the work on the dam, the agriculture; to see how people live up there and to get to know Gabriela Mistral: it is a very diverse day - topped by the observatories and their workings. Our guide Natita was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting stories and facts!

MarkRekow

We had a delightful day with Luis and Olga! They were very knowledgeable of the Elqui Valley and made every effort to make our tour comfortable and enjoyable. All of the stops we made whether it was sampling papaya or pisco or touring the reservoir and vineyards, we enjoyed an educational and fun time together. Wonderful people and tour!

AEGL

Even though I was traveling alone, I had an A+ experience on the Grand-Tour Valle del Elqui. My guide, Martin, spoke perfect English and was fun to be with. He introduced me to people and took me to locations I never would have had access to on my own. For example, visiting the Solar Restaurant and taking a cooking class with the ladies was something I will never forget. It was such a beautiful day, and I guess I did something right because our lunch was delicious. Later on, he showed me a few edible plants and seeds; when I pointed them out to my friends, they were so impressed! Everything was far more special than I ever could have arranged for myself. I can't describe all the good things about my tour with TEMBETA, just sign up with them and see for yourself. Enjoy!

Stefanie_R

This was an awesome day! The local agency Tembeta is doing an outstanding job. Our guide Martin was very knowledgeable and we saw the nicest places in the Elqui Valley. We loved the stop at the Pisco Manufacturer and museum. The lunch was delicious at a special place, a solar restaurant. We visited the home of Gabriela Mistral and so many other beautiful villages. It was a wonderful day at the Elqui Valley.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-18 10:22