The birthplace of Chile
Norte Chico is made of a diverse ecosystem where flora and fauna thrive and bring the environment together. Sea lions, penguins and dolphins are often seen in the clear blue waters surrounding the coast. The Valle del Encanto is a must-visit for travellers that enjoy archaeology and history as the area is known for its petroglyphs; large carvings made into the rock surface depicting events that took place thousands of years ago. It is said to be the location of the first civilisation in South America.
The flowering desert is a magical and mystical occurrence that only the luckiest of travellers are able to witness. This incredibly parched desert will, after heavy winter rains, see the ground flowering with thousands of small multicoloured flowers hidden away in, out of sight, in bulbs beneath the earth. It is a spectacular sight, one that infrequently occurs every four to five years, for your chance to see this desert turned into a carpet of flowers head there between September and October.