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#Innsider’s Guide: Top 5 places to see in northern Chile

Vineyard-lined hills, a night sky that’s illuminated with stars, and outdoor activities that range from hiking to diving: Welcome to Chile’s Atacama region. Read on to discover the top 5 attractions in the area, and the stylish, new, Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos De Vallenar that’s in the middle of it all.

Seaside serenity


Just 50 kilometers west of Vallenar, you’ll find the sleepy seaside town of Huasco. Known as the “Garden of Atacama” for its beaches and olive groves, the Huasco Valley is a sight to behold, with its desert carpeted in purple flowers after heavy rainfall, its rolling sand dunes, and its dynamic eco-tourism. In the city of Huasco, stroll the endless beach that is Playa Grande, explore the bustling promenade, and stop by the iconic lighthouse. If you’re into surfing or parasailing, this is the place for you.

Alpacas in the Atacama Desert

Nature’s playground

Explore the small fishing town Chañaral de Aceituno, where desert, sea, and countryside meet. Stuck in its charming old ways, this microcosm of Chile, with its age-old agricultural and cultural traditions, is just 70 kilometers from the city of Vallenar and 130 kilometers from La Serena. Catch a boat to Chañaral Island, which is part of the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, and see the wonderful diversity of whales, dolphins, penguins, and seabirds.

Ballena jorobada

Reservoir riches


Just 20 kilometers east of Vallenar, you’ll find the most important reservoir in the Atacama region, the Embalse Santa Juana. This vast, vast valley of water is one of the Vallenar’s most beautiful attractions. Climb to the hilltop for the most stupendous views, and look out over the vineyards and the river winding through the hills.

Photo taken in Vallenar, Chile

Pisco pleasures


Spend a day visiting the town Alto del Carmen, known for its agriculture and vineyards. This pretty village produces one of the best-known brands of Pisco in Chile. You can even visit the Planta Pescquera Alto del Carmen and book a free, thirty-minute tour and tasting. Just 39 kilometers from Vallenar, this small town truly has grape expectations.

Space out

Chile might just be the world’s unofficial astronomy and astrotourism capital. For 99% of people in Europe and the USA, the night sky is obscured by artificial lighting, which is why the Observatorio Las Campanas (LCO) should be on your travel itinerary. This magical place is ideal for sunrises and sunsets, but is incredible on any cloud-free night, not least for the view of mountains and nature that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Magic sunrise at Las Campanas Observatory

An oasis in the Atacama region


Just opened in the stunning Huasco Valley, the Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos de Vallenar boasts a prime location in one of Chile’s most beautiful regions. Discover 60 contemporary guest rooms with amenities like a fitness center, an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, and energizing breakfast to get you off to a great start. The perfect oasis to get away from it all.

Book your stay at the Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos de Vallenar to discover everything that the vibrant Atacama region has to offer! Make this hotel your base and take advantage of on-site parking, meeting facilities, and daily breakfast.

Park Inn by Radisson Los Olivos Vallenar Exterior

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