Best hotels and hostels in Norte Chico

  • Top ChoiceLodging in La Serena

    Hostal Tierra Diaguita

    Inside a colonial house and leafy patio sprinkled with pre-Columbian designs and artwork, you'll find a mix of attractively designed rooms, all with comfy furniture and modern bathroom. Guests can relax in the verdant back garden, complete with small open fires on cold nights. There's also an inside lounge area, where the excellent breakfast is served.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Elqui Valley

    El Tesoro de Elqui

    Up the hill from the center plaza, this tranquil oasis dotted with lemon trees, lush gardens and flowering vines has 10 appealing wooden bungalows with terraces. There's a restaurant that serves great coffee and cake, and you can also arrange guided excursions on site.

  • Lodging in La Serena

    Maria's Casa

    The cottage-style rooms at this family-run spot are simple and cozy, and there's a garden in back where you can camp (CH$5000 per person). Other backpacker-friendly amenities include well-scrubbed shared bathrooms, a quaint country kitchen with free tea and coffee, laundry service and bike rental. You can arrange tours here or learn how to make your own pair of sandals.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Solar de los Madariaga

    Set in a beautifully restored 19th-century home, this friendly and welcoming guesthouse has loads of charm, with attractive rooms opening on to a back garden. The front of the house is something of a house museum, with furnishings and family memorabilia from the Basque family that lived here in the 1880s. With just a few rooms available, the Solar books up quickly, so reserve well ahead.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Zaguan Hostal Boutique

    In a lovely adobe house dating to 1906, Zaguan has handsomely designed rooms with high-quality furnishings set around a flower-filled central garden. The friendly multilingual owners do their best to make guests feel at home. Generous breakfasts. The two split-level rooms are ideal for families, with a king-sized bed and a separate room with two twin beds.

  • Lodging in La Serena

    El Arbol

    Near the lush Parque Japones, this converted colonial house has just a handful of rooms, all sunny and well maintained. There's a pretty bougainvillea-clad garden in front and English-speaking staff on hand, and guests can make themselves at home and use the lounge area, kitchen and barbecue. Dorms have four to eight beds.

  • Lodging in La Serena

    Hostal El Punto

    This is La Serena's best hostel, with a wide range of rooms, a bunch of sunny terraces, bright mosaics and tree-trunk tables. The staff speak German and English, and provide travel tips, tours, bike rental, nice cakes, laundry, book exchange…you name it. You'll want to book months ahead, especially in high season.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    La Elquina

    The best of Vicuña's budget options, La Elquina is a friendly family-run spot with simply furnished rooms set around several spacious courtyards. There are also nicely shaded campsites and a kitchen that's open 24 hours. The outdoor tables on the grass are fine places to unwind in the afternoon.

  • Lodging in La Serena

    Mar del Ensueño

    For instant beach access, it's hard to beat the Ensueño – it's right across the road. A family-friendly place (play equipment, games room etc), it's a reasonable deal for couples too – the bright spacious rooms all face the ocean and there's a decent on-site restaurant. Families should check out the cabañas, which offer more space, plus full kitchens and small patios.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Alfa Aldea

    It's worth the CH$2000 taxi ride (or 15-minute walk) to the outskirts of town to stay in this low-key family-run hostal. Nestled in the vineyards and with priceless valley and mountain views, the rooms are simple but extremely comfortable. The stars (sorry) of the show, however, are the excellent astronomical tours held on site.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Luna de Quarzo

    On a beautiful mountain property, Luna de Quarzo has well-equipped wooden cabins with wood trim, river stone and adobe walls and bamboo ceilings. The kitchens are useful, as dining options are limited and you'll want to bring your own food. Afternoons spent relaxing by the poolside are followed by nights of stargazing.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Refugio Misterios de Elqui

    Pisco Elqui's most luxe choice, sitting on the edge of town on the road to Alcoguaz, with seven cabins set around lush gardens that slope down toward the swimming pool and the valley below. Cabins come with stylish decor, such as headboards made of recycled train tracks, wooden beams, cool tile floors and terraces.

  • Lodging in La Serena

    Hotel Francisco de Aguirre

    This large hotel's imposing neocolonial frontage faces Iglesia Santo Domingo, the bells of which often wake late risers. Rooms range in size, but generally you'll have to upgrade to a superior to get a large one. There's also a spacious pool and a small gym.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Hostal Aldea del Elqui

    Casonas (large houses) converted into accommodations, this friendly hotel has well-kept rooms with good beds and TV, some on the 2nd floor of a newer adjacent building. There's a tranquil garden with a small pool, sauna and hot tub. Off-season, prices drop considerably.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Tambo Huara

    An idyllic little spot nestled between the trees by the river, Tambo Huara offers medium-sized eco-cabins (those with bathroom have composting toilets and solar showers). The riverside campsites are fantastic and there's meditation, healing therapies and yoga available on-site.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Hostal Triskel

    Up the hill from town, this lovely adobe and wood house has seven clean rooms with four shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen. A giant fig tree provides shade for the patio and there's a fruit orchard with lots of nooks, crannies and hammocks, plus laundry services.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Hostal Valle Hermoso

    Great lodging choice with eight airy and immaculately clean rooms around a sun-drenched patio inside an old adobe casona with Oregon-pine beams and walnut floors. Staff are warm and friendly and the ambience laid-back – as if staying with old friends.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Camping Cochiguaz

    Amid eucalyptus trees, Camping Cochiguaz has some labyrinthine camping grounds down by the river, including some nicely shaded sites right on the water. It’s 17km from Montegrande at the end of a tortuous dirt track. It also offers horseback-riding trips.

  • Lodging in Elqui Valley

    Casa del Agua

    Hummingbirds flit around the lush gardens of Casa del Agua, a pretty cabin complex 13km north of Montegrande, perched delicately along the banks of the Río Cochiguaz. There’s a bar, restaurant and walking paths. It also offers tours.

  • Lodging in Huasco Valley

    Hotel Solaris

    The modern and somewhat out of place Solaris is Huasco’s best hotel. Rooms are set in earth tones and well-equipped with minifridge and small desk. Some have balconies. Book a top (3rd) floor room for the best views.