The north of Chile is renowned for its incredibly clear skies and unpolluted atmosphere that draw astronomers from all over the world. Verdant valleys lie between the coastal town of La Serena and the Andes and contrast with the arid brown of the mountains. Astronomical observatories like Mamalluca and La Silla are open for visitors to gaze at the wonders of the skies and the region is also reputed for its mysterious energies. The local drink, pisco is produced in the Elqui valley and visits to a distillery and picturesque villages can also be arranged.
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