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Top Choice International in Vicuña

Chivato Negro

Two blocks east of the plaza, Chivato Negro has a bohemian, vintage vibe with a spacious patio hidden in back. There's a wide-ranging menu of sandwiches, pizzas and regional dishes (like grilled trout), plus a three…
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…
Museum in Vicuña

Museo Gabriela Mistral

The town's landmark Museo Gabriela Mistral, between Riquelme and Baquedano, celebrates one of Chile's most famous literary figures. Gabriela Mistral was born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in 1889 in Vicuña. The museum chart…
Chilean in Vicuña

Delicias del Sol

Don't miss lunch at this restaurant 5km southeast of Vicuña, where a group of women discovered a groundbreaking way to cook with sunrays instead of hard-to-find firewood. It's the best of Villaseca's solar-kitchen r…
Vegetarian in Vicuña

Govinda's

In an airy upstairs space across from the plaza, Govinda's serves up delicious and hearty vegetarian fare, with a menu that changes daily. Spaghetti with vegetables, flavor-packed paella and juicy veggie burgers are…
Distillery in Vicuña

Planta Pisco Capel

Capel distills pisco at this facility and has its only bottling plant here. Located about 2km (20-minute walk) southeast of town, this artisanal pisco maker offers 45-minute tours of the facilities, which includes a…
Distillery in Vicuña

Pisquera Aba

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 the aspects of production and end up in the tasting room, with …
Museum in Vicuña

Museo Entomologico e Historia Natural

On the south side of the plaza, this small, one-room museum has an eye-catching collection of fierce-looking scarab beetles, shimmering blue-winged morpho butterflies and other insects, including various Saturniidae…
International in Vicuña

Frida

Vicuña's most colorful cafe is whimsically decorated with Mexican knickknacks and serves up spice-lacking goat's-cheese sandwiches, quesadillas and fajitas, but surprisingly little else in the way of Mexican fare. I…
Chilean in Vicuña

Antawara

This is your best bet for late-night eats – otherwise problematic in sleepy Vicuña. Service is warm, the wine list is impressive and there's a good range of hot and cold tablas (platters) along with sandwiches and a…