Pisco Distillery & Elqui Valley (Guided in German)

8 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | C O W - 2 1 3
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Points of Interest

  • Elqui Valley
  • Pisco District
Includes meal, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

When you're in the tranquil Elqui Valley you can't help but be enthralled by the region's rolling vineyards and dramatic mountain backdrop. With vines as far as the eye can see, many of which are cultivated for the production of Chile's most famous spirit, there's nothing more appealing than a tour and tasting at a local Pisco distillery. And that's just what this moderate half-day excursion has to offer with a nod to the Elqui Valley's cultural geography. Home to great poets, including the famed Nobel Laureate, Gabriela Mistral, and a mecca for esoteric groups and star gazers, this remarkable region will keep you continually charmed.

Your adventure begins in Coquimbo, the source of pirate legends and hidden treasures. Enjoy the colorful narration of your expert guide as you pass by the seaside resorts of Peñuelas listening to colorful tales of Henry Drake, the English privateer.

Following the "route of the grapes" into the Elqui Valley, you'll stop at one of the area's most renowned Pisco distilleries. You'll hear tales of the Spanish conquistadores who brought grape vines to South America for their own consumption and export. And you'll see how the potent brandy made from distilled grape juice continues to attract fans from around the world.

While you're in Vicuna, your tour will also take you to the impressive Mistral Monument commemorating the lifework of Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral surrounded by the landmark sights of the Bauer Tower, Inmaculada Concepcion Church and Main Square.

Shopping for Chilean souvenirs is an activity not to be missed: especially when you can treasure hunt for alpaca woolens from Peru and Bolivia, local Diaguita-inspired ceramics, and lapis lazuli jewelry in an historic fortress that once housed a battery of colonial cannons. Browse La Recova Market amidst the colorful wares of over 140 artisan stalls and the color and charm of two central plazas.

With lunch served at a local restaurant and the scenic drive back through the Elqui Valley to the important port city of Coquimbo, you'll discover a kaleidoscope of enticing colors and shapes, aromas and tastes that bring the history and culture of this extraordinary region to life.

Special Notes:

Transportation is not air conditioned.

Tour space is extremely limited.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Departure from pier towards Coastal Avenue

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:25

Return to the Pier

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
01:20

Photo stop at Coastal Avenue

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Time at site:
00:10
Free time at site:
10
Walking distance:
50

Driving to La Serena downtown

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:10

Visit to Archaeological Museum

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
20
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
10
Wheelchair accessible:
Yes
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Driving to La Recova Market and visit there

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation / Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:25
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
300
Steps:
5
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Driving to lookout and panoramic view there

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation / Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:10
Time at site:
00:25
Free time at site:
20

Driving to Pisco distillery

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
01:30

Visit the Pisco distillery

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Transport Capacity:
35
Time at site:
00:50
Free time at site:
50
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
400
Steps:
50
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes

Driving to the restaurant for lunch and lunch time

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation / Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
01:35
Free time at site:
95
Inside visit:
Yes
Walking distance:
100
Steps:
5
Restroom available:
Yes

Visit to Main Square in Vicuña

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation / Walking
Transport Capacity:
35
Travel time:
00:05
Time at site:
00:15
Free time at site:
15