With this program you will visit one of Chile’s most attractive valleys, the Elqui Valley, known for its famous pisco processing plants and clear skies.

You will also visit La Serena, one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities of the north of Chile. The Humboldt Penguin National Reserve with its beautiful white sand beaches and natural habitat for marine fauna is located only 130 km to the north.

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: La Florida Airport– La Serena

Transfer from the Airport (La Florida) to the hotel in La Serena for check in.
Free afternoon.

Accommodation.

Day 2: Full day Tour of Humboldt Penguin National Reserve

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure from hotel for the tour of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. Here you can choose one of the following tours:

Punta de Choros Tour
From the Punta de Choros cove we will set off on the open sea to Choros Island for an adventure. Here is where you can find the largest number of animals and bird life on the northern coast of Chile. After this we will disembark to trek along the trails and marvel at the panoramic view of the island, the flora, and the beautiful beaches with white sand. Then, we will embark again to search for the renowned bottlenose dolphins, part of the only residential colony in continental Chile. Lastly, we will go back to the mainland to enjoy a delicious lunch with traditional local products.

Chañaral de Aceituno Tour

A few kilometers to the north of Punta de Choros in the Atacama region, we find the largest island of the archipelago that comprises the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, “Chañaral Island.”
We will explore the island on this fascinating tour where you may see marine mammals such as whales and dolphins, and enjoy the great biodiversity of the area which includes Humboldt penguins, sea lions, and various endemic and migratory birds. At the end of the tour we will go to the fisherman’s cove of Chañaral de Aceituno to enjoy a delicious lunch with local products and to recount the experience.
Return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3: Elqui Valley Tour - Relaxation therapy – Alfa Aldea Astronomical Tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure from the hotel to Elqui Valley.
This is considered to bean energetic, magical, and mystical place. We begin with a view of the mountains, a trip to the papaya plantations and sales room of this region’s typical fruit, and then we continue to the visit to the Puclaro Reservoir. We will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view and arts and handicrafts sector. This time the lunch will a bit different; we will enjoy the traditional food of the valley in a 100% sustainable restaurant that has solar-powered stoves. We will then visit the city of Vicuña, birthplace of the Chilean poet, Gabriela Mistral, (Nobel Prize in Literature 1945-1951) where we will visit its main plaza, the Bauer Tower (symbol of the city), and we will stop at a pisco distillery to learn about the production process and taste different varieties of wine and pisco. Afterwards, we will visit the villages of Paihuano and Montegrande, where we will visit the house-museum and tomb of Gabriela Mistral, as well as the old church.

To end our tour, we will visit the town of Pisco Elqui and then return to the city of La Serena. We will do relaxation therapy in the afternoon. Nighttime departure to the Alfa Aldea Natural Planetarium astronomical tour. Enjoy an astronomic experience starting with an introductory talk to astronomy and later visit the outdoor terraces with high-resolution telescopes to see the beautiful and starry sky of the Elqui Valley, tasting local products and traditional drinks.
Return to the hotel.

Day 4: La Serena – La Florida Airport

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer from hotel to La Florida Airport.

  • Transfers: airport / hotel / airport.
  • 3 nights of accommodations in the La Serena hotel of your choice.
  • Breakfast.
  • Lunch during the tour.
  • Elqui Valley Tour.
  • Tour to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve (Punta de
  • Choros or Chañaral de Aceituno).
  • Astronomical Tour.
  • Airfare
  • Tips.
  • Insurance.
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.

Restrictions and general Information of the program

 

  • The itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions.
  • Chañaral de Aceituno tour available from october to march/ april (confirm restriction).
  • Check in from 15:00// Check out 12:00.
  • Validity of the La Serena programa all the year.