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Star gazing in the Elqui Valley

Start your trip in Santiago and then then enjoy four days exploring the Elqui Valley and surroundings, famous for its clear skies, Pisco vineyards and Nobel prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral.

Elqui Valley and observatoryElqui Valley and observatory

Start your trip with a an overnight flight with Lan airlines to Santiago where you spend three nights, taking a walking tour of the city and a day trip to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso. Fly north to La Serena where you will have a short tour before setting out for the Elqui Valley. Overnight in Vicuña and evening visit to the Mamalluca Observatory. The following day visit Chile’s oldest Pisco distillery before continuing to the Elqui Domos ‘Astro Hotel’. The hotel has dome-shaped rooms with detachable ceilings and private telescope and you will have a guide instruct you on the use of the telescope and map the skies. You have the following day at leisure and an evening horse ride to enjoy the clear skies with your local guide. The following day return to La Serena to overnight before taking a flight back to Santiago to connect with the international flight.

The cost of the trip is from £2,021 per person and includes all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner. All flights are with Lan Airlines, internationally via Madrid. Price valid for departures from 01 Oct 2010.

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