“JAIME MET US AT THE PORT, AND GREETED ME LIKE AN OLD FRIEND – BIG HUGS AND KISSES ON BOTH CHEEKS… WE HAVE BEEN EMAILING BACK AND FORTH SINCE LAST MARCH ABOUT ALL THESE TOURS, AND YES, I FELT LIKE I WAS GREETING SOMEONE I KNEW QUITE WELL, RATHER THAN MEETING HIM OF THE FIRST TIME!”
Journey to Elqui Valley, whose geography is unique in all the world. This narrow valley is a fertile strip of land in the middle of a desert plateau, irrigated by Elqui River. Typical Andean villages such as Algarrobito, El Molle and El Tambo line your route. You’ll see the grapes that are cultivated to produce a typical Chilean liquor called “Pisco”. You’ll stop in the Pisquera Capel Distillery. Pisco is one of the national drinks and has been described as “a million years in a single drop”, in this one is realized a tour inside the factory, where it is explained about the elaboration of pisco happening through all the Processes to bottling. Finally, we will have a tasting in the sales room of the plant.
We continue to visit the main attractions of the city, such as the “Bauer Tower”, a symbol of the city, where the first town hall of the Elqui valley was located, and its characteristic “La Inmaculada Concepción” We will walk through the Plaza, a place that was decorated in memory of Gabriela Mistral with beautiful jacaranda and peppers, then visit the “Pueblito de Artesanos”, where it is possible to buy souvenirs and typical crafts of the area, then visit the Gabriel Museum Mistral,
Now we will stop for a nice local lunch at Solar Restaurant at Elqui valley Attended by Benilda and Marta, the cook and waitress of the first local solar cookers. Today await them in their new home with pleasant family atmosphere and countryside. Pioneers in the use of solar energy. Cooked 100% with solar energy in summer, during autumn and winter provided the weather conditions we allow.Returning to the City of La Serena for our next stop in panoramic view Mirador of the University of La Serena and later We will finish with a nice shopping at La Recova Market where you can enjoy of the typical souvenirs like pottery, papaya products, semi-precious stones and alpaca wool handicrafts.
Enjoy a panoramic view of the city and Coquimbo Bay before returning to the pier.
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