Centro Otzer Ling

Elqui Valley

A Buddhist stupa in a remote corner of northern Chile? You'll think you took a wrong turn off the Panamericana and somehow ended up in the Himalaya rather than the Andes. Built in 2016, this evocative snow-white monument, complete with Tibetan prayer flags flapping in the breeze, looks all the more striking against the parched, mountainous backdrop.

Plans are underway to eventually open a meditation center on the site, though fundraising has been slow-going.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Elqui Valley attractions

1. Fundo Los Nichos

7.23 MILES

An artisanal pisquera established in 1868, 3km south of Pisco Elqui, Fundo Los Nichos still produces pisco the old-fashioned way. Its four guided tours …

2. Distileria Pisco Mistral


The star attraction in Pisco Elqui is the Distileria Pisco Mistral, which produces the premium Mistral brand of pisco. The hour-long 'museum' tour gives…

3. Museo Casa-Escuela Gabriela Mistral

8.45 MILES

Gabriela Mistral received her primary schooling at the Casa Escuela y el Correo, where there is a humble museum dedicated to the poet, with a…

4. Mausoleo Gabriela Mistral

8.46 MILES

The gravesite of Gabriela Mistral lies on a hillside just south of Montegrande's main plaza. A winding path to the top is lined with quotes and…

5. Cavas del Valle Winery

8.87 MILES

At Km14.5, on the road to Montegrande, is the Cavas del Valle winery. Started in 2003, this little boutique bucks the trend by serving actual wine, rather…

6. Cervecería Guayacan

18.26 MILES

You won't get far in the Elqui Valley without someone offering you a Guayacan, and if you're even vaguely interested in beer, you should accept. This…

7. Observatorio del Pangue

19.06 MILES

The latest of a few on the observatory front is Observatorio del Pangue, 17km south of Vicuña, run by three enthusiastic French and Chilean astronomers…

8. Pisquera Aba

20.18 MILES

This family-run boutique pisquera, in operation since 1921, offers quite a different view of pisco production. The 40-minute tours take you through all…