Valle del Elquí
About a month ago, our group of 8 friends packed a minivan and headed up north to an area called Valle del Elquí. The place consists of nature and small villages so cute, I thought I’d never seen anything cuter. After an eight hour drive we finally arrived to our little village called Pisco, and with the help of some friendly locals, we found our camping area too. We had our camping spirit on and we slept in tents, made food over fire and used the light from the stars to guide us to the bathrooms. During the days we visited our neighboring pueblitos, went horsebackriding and saw Saturn the planet in one of the observatories. The three days filled with breathtaking views, amazing nature and something genuinely Chilean was a perfect getaway from the big city. I would recommend Valle del Elquí for anyone who seeks for something adventurous yet comfortable.
So what to do once you get to Valle del Elquí
The observatories: How cool to learn something about the stars and understand the universe a little bit better (Though, I don’t think we are fully capable of understanding the universe completely, ever). The observatory was magical, you are literally between the mountains and the stars, and the stars are the only thing that light up the sky. A plus is that you see many shooting stars, therefore you get to wish many times!
Horseback riding in the mountains: I am not a huge fan of horses but I have to admit that a horseback riding tour in the mountains would get anyone excited of horses. If you want to have more of an adrenalin kick, you should do it by night, when neither you nor the horse can see a thing, talk about te importance of trust here. We had our tour during the night, which was adventurous enough for me. But then out of the blue, I had a wild horse chasing my horse, which took the tour on a new level.