On a suggestion from my friend in Santiago we traveled to Chile’s Elqui Valley by bus via Valparaiso and La Serena. The high desert valley situated in the Andes is famous for Pisco grape vineyards, and because it is one of the best places for astronomy viewing. The steep Andes mountains on either side of the valley create a natural observatory, and the dry air and elevation create consistently clear conditions for star gazing.
We found the perfect place to spend our nights in the Elqui Valley… in the dome yurts at the Elqui Domos outside of the tiny town Pisco Elqui. Our stay at Elqui Domos was the accommodation highlight of our trip, and a bit of a splurge at around $180 a night. Splitting the cost with my travel buddy Jenny made a relaxing two night stay affordable and entirely worth it.
The wide angle photos shot on GoPro Hero4!