The Lighthouse is the symbol of La Serena, Chile. However it is not and has never been a working lighthouse.
The Lighthouse is typical architecture influenced by the Spanish.
The Pulcaro Dam on the Elqui River has created this beautiful artificial lake. The purpose was to improve the irrigation of farmland in the Elqui Valley. Regular, strong winds make the lake a popular location for wind sports.
Five differnt types of muscat grapes are used to make pisco.
Capel is the largest pisco distillery in the Elqui Valley.
New stainless steel liquid vaults for storing pisco..
Cement vaults are the original storage vessels for the fermentation process in making pisco.
Pisco goes through two distillations in these copper boilers.
The resting stage is done in wooden barrels.
Plaza Gabriela Mistral in Vicuna.
Gabriela Mistral fountain. Gabriela Mistral was the most famous women poet in Chile. She won a Nobel Peace Prize for Literature in 1945.
What little boy can resit playing in a water fountain?
The dogs all over Chile seem to roam freely. However, they are all feed and cared for by everyone.
The soil in the Equi Valley is rocky and sandy and only cactus grow on the landscape (from bus).
The Mosque in Coquimbo City (from bus).
The Millennium Cross which is the most important architecture feature of Coquimbo City.