Historic Building in Vicuña

Casa Solar de los Madariaga

Dating from 1875, and looking good for it, the adobe mansion with a few leafy patios contains furnishings and artifacts from an influential family who made its money exporting chinchilla. Two of the rooms are availa…
Museum in Vicuña

Museo Entomológico y de Historia Natural

Crawling with color and antennae, this museum specializes in insects and kaleidoscopic butterflies, but also has fossils, stuffed birds and invertebrates.
Museum in Vicuña

Museo Gabriela Mistral

The town's landmark Museo Gabriela Mistral, between Riquelme and Baquedano, is a tangible eulogy to one of Chile's most famous literary figures. Gabriela Mistral was born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in 1889 in Vicuña. The…
Science in Vicuña

Observatorio Comunal Cerro Mamalluca

Two of Vicuña's biggest attractions, Observatorio Comunal Cerro Mamalluca and Planta Capel (outside town), are just outside town.
Pisquera in Vicuña

Planta Pisco Capel

A 20-minute walk from town, here you can take a 45-minute bilingual tour of the facilities, which includes an on-site museum and a few skimpy samples (CH$10,000 gets you the premium tour, with top-shelf tastings). C…
Observatory in Vicuña

Inti Runa

The German owner of this sun observatory claims he has two of the world's biggest solar telescopes. He keeps them in his lovely casona, and offers one-hour 'tours.' Basically, he talks while you look at the sun thro…
Pisquera in Vicuña

Pisquera Aba

This family-run boutique pisquera, in operation since 1921, offers quite a different view of pisco production to the mass-production setup down the road at Capel. The 40-minute tours take you through all the aspects…
Brewery in Vicuña

Cervecería Guayacan

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 little craft brewery's reputation is growing fast and brief tours…
Hill in Vicuña

Cerro de la Virgen

The dusty hike up Cerro de la Virgen, just north of town, offers vast panoramas of the entire Elqui Valley, but it's hot and exposed – bring water. The summit is less than an hour's walk from the Plaza de Armas.
Plaza in Vicuña

Plaza de Armas

A sinister portrait of Gabriela Mistral gazes blankly up at the sky from a watery pit in the center of this leafy square. Just off the plaza's western edge, the Torre Bauer (1905) is a rusty-colored clock tower rese…