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Enchanted Valley (Valle del Encanto)

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Address: Ovalle, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: (53) 620 068
Description: Discovered in 1946, this National Historic Monument is filled with...
Discovered in 1946, this National Historic Monument is filled with petroglyphs and fossils.
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Beautiful and interesting place

We didn't plan to go there at first but because of bad weather at the sea we decided to go there. I went there with a tour and a guide explained everything to us and taught us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Mainz, Germany
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We didn't plan to go there at first but because of bad weather at the sea we decided to go there. I went there with a tour and a guide explained everything to us and taught us about the history of that place. We went there about an hour before sunset and the light was really beautiful there.

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This place is worth going to if you are in the area. It is pretty easy to get to but there is a stretch of less than wonderful gravel road. No English is spoken and the signs (what few there are) are in Spanish. But it is pretty easy to find the ancient rock pictures and carved out stones. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

If you happen to be in the neighborhood of Ovalle you should stop by the Valle del Encanto which is located on route 45, 15 minutes from route 5. Depending on how much time you have and how fast you walk it may take anywhere from 1 to 2 and a half hours to see everything. At first it's not... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Children ages 6 and 9. We went with a guide and it was a great experience. It was a site you could really explore and imagine life 3000 years ago. Not a formal site. Easy for all ages. Some walking.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

There are three main areas, stretching around a kilometre along the bottom of a valley that has plentiful bird life and numerous small rodents (chinchillas?) running around among the varied vegetation – cacti and aromatic bushes, with some larger trees where the stream ran through the valley bottom. The rock carvings themselves were a little underwhelming; many were hard so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This wonderful attraction has some fascinating examples of rock art, including paintings and petroglyphs all over the Enchanted Valley. The site is a little difficult to find if coming from Ovalle as there are very few signposts along the way so just stop and ask someone. The main gripe with these attractions (apart from the usual lack of information in... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

We were based in beautiful old colonial town of La Serena, and used local tour operator Encanto Chile to show us the hidden gems all around this area. Lots of outdoor stuff, but blue skies every day. We visited old gold mines beyond the Elqui Valley at Andacollo, where there is a massive Church built almost entirely of wood, even... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We drive there from La Serena passing uninteresting town Ovalle. After long drive we arrive the small canyon with few petroglyphs. It was not so interestinh for us. There are several picnic tables but no water stream.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Liked the fact that like so many tourist spots in Chile that are off the beaten track there were few other people. Unspoilt nature with petroglyphs and rock carvings of the ancienct Molle civilization. A great detour on the way to Ovalle and before or after a visit to the Tabali winery if you so wish.

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Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

On a side trip through the valleys that line the Chilean coast, our guide took us through the Valle del Encanto, a flower-lined arid valley littered with the petroglyphs and geoglyphs of the long-disappeared Diaguita and Molle people who inhabited northern Chile before the Inca conquest in the 1490s and subsequent Spanish colonization a few decades later. Don't expect a... More 

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Address: Ovalle, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: (53) 620 068
Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Coquimbo Region  >  La Serena

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