Sunny Skies in Valle del Elqui, Chile

This weekend we visited Valle del Elqui (Elqui Valley) in Chile.  The valley is situated less than an hours drive from the beautiful coastal city of La Serena.  I last visited the valley in 2010 and I was so excited to go back.  It’s a beautifully peaceful place!

It’s a place of prime importance for astronomers who study the stars as it is home to some of the most powerful telescopes in the world; the sky is so clear that it has some of the most impressively clear night time views in the world.  It’s boasts 340 days of sun per year and clouds are a very rare sight therefore it has one of the clearest skies in the southern hemisphere.

For the next few Travel Tuesdays I’ll be sharing my trip on the blog and where better place to start than the start?!  We left La Serena on an overcast morning and headed to the valley in our rented car.  “It’s never cloudy in Valle del Elqui”  Carlos promised me. DSC02616 DSC02617 DSC02618

… He was right.  As we drove the clouds disappeared and we were greeted by clear, blue sky and a delicious temperature.  And the beautiful views of dry mountains, cactus and lush green vegetation.DSC02621 DSC02624 DSC02628 DSC02645

On route we stopped at a lookout to admire the panoramic views and the Elqui dam.  Hold onto your skirt as it’s really windy here!DSC02636DSC02634 DSC02635DSC02641 DSC02643

Then treat yourself to a Papaya ice cream afterwards.  Valle de Elqui is famous for it’s papayas as they grow within this microclimate.DSC02644

I love these views of dry scenes as they are just so different from anywhere in England.  The drive was totally beautiful and I sat with my face glued to the window for most of it.  Next week I’ll be sharing our very special lunch when we arrived in the valley.

Ever been to a place so sunny?

Marcella xx :: Bloglovin

Travel Tuesday linked with Bonnie, Courtney, Cynthia and Yalanda.traveltuesday

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