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.
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.