1 Feria Modelo de Ovalle

Wander this food market and fill your bags with plump olives, giant pumpkins, ripe tomatoes and very smelly cheeses.

2 La Serena

Chile’s second-oldest city offers long beaches, beautiful churches and a lively ambience.

3 Stargazing

Observe the unbelievably limpid night skies at impressive observatories, from Del Pangue to Mamalluca.

4 Horseriding in the Elqui Valley

Pretend you’re in the Wild West as you trek through Chile’s untrammelled northern plains.

5 Desierto florido

If you’re lucky to be in the right place at the right time, see the desert around Vallenar burst into bloom.

6 Planta Capel

Sample the fiery, fruity brandy that is Chile’s national drink, straight from the barrel at the Elqui Valley’s largest distillery.

7 Nevado de Tres Cruces

One of the country’s least-known national parks, with emerald-green lakes, snowcapped volcanoes and plentiful wildlife.

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