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Elqui Valley, an alternative getaway to Northern Chile

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Today I propose a trip to the stars in Chile. He Elqui Valley, about 90 km from La Serena and 470 km north of Santiago, they say the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere, which is why international organizations have installed astronomical observatories on the summits of some of their hills.

Considered an energy pole is also UFO associated for the communities that carry out spiritual activities in it. The Elqui Valley is also the birthplace of the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945.

I was in La Serena, a Chilean town located 474 kilometers north of Santiago, and I didn't know where to go. Bolivia I expected, but I didn't feel like leaving Chile yet. During one of the countless evening conversations accompanied by pisco sauer that with Francisco, known as Pancho and a shoemaker by profession, we used to keep in Marias Casa, that comfortable and comfortable lodging house in La Serena that he runs, his name appeared, the Elqui Valley.

My Chilean friend told me about the peace and tranquility that reigns in that small village located 107 km east of La Serena. My stay in this town had been anything but that, serene, so I did not hesitate for a moment and followed his recommendation; I packed the backpack and got on the first coach that left from La Serena to Pisco Elqui.

Pancho had provided me with the address of a friend of his who lived in the small village and rented rooms to travelers like me. It was not difficult to find it; He was glad to receive news from his friend in La Serena while we shared, of course, a few drinks of pisco sauer. The price he charged me for staying at his home was, never better said, friend; He also gave me permission to use his kitchen, so that I could afford save some pesos plus.

I spent four days in the Elqui Valley, and believe me, I had never lived under a sky so clean and clear, both day and night. Night walks after dinner became my favorite activity; never in my life had I witnessed a starry sky like the one that covers the nights in the Elqui ValleyIt truly seemed that you could touch the stars with your hand. How would the good of Obelix, it seemed that the sky was going to fall on us.

Anyway, the brief getaway to the Elqui Valley was a fantastic stop along the way, perfect for recharging batteries before entering the Atacama Desert, last station in Chile before entering Bolivian lands.

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