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Enchanted Valley (Valle del Encanto)

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Address: Ovalle, La Serena, Chile
Phone Number: (53) 620 068
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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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This was a really lovely place to visit- a very relaxing and peaceful place. Our guide was very informative and it was really lovely to see all the mysterious carvings in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016 via mobile

This was a really lovely place to visit- a very relaxing and peaceful place. Our guide was very informative and it was really lovely to see all the mysterious carvings in the rocks! It's nice to do on the same day as a vineyard tour as they are very close to each other.

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Montreal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

Very nice to see this art from way back, on the rocks in the valley. The visit last about 1h30 and should be very interesting for Kids. We sa chinchillas and rabbins also. Nice picknick area on the site.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Surprisingly for me, I ended up going with a private guide, Cristobal from Tembeta Tours. The reviews I had read suggested that it was a small valley and not as interesting as people had expected. I probably would have said the same except that Cristobal is knowledgeable and passionate about this place and, indeed, the whole of his region. He... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The site provides an interesting insight into the Molle PreColumbian Culture. The site was a well used way point and many of the petroglyphs are the ancient equivalent of ancient "We were here" graffiti. There are a number of places where grains were ground and processed as well as a couple of astrological maps.

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Mainz, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 via mobile

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 via mobile

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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57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
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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