The Elqui Valley is a watershed, located in the Region of Coquimbo, Chile. The main river of this watershed is the Elqui river, which arises from the confluence of the Claro and Turbio rivers originating both from the Andes, and it empties into the Pacific Ocean.
The Elqui Valley is benefited from its river and the long periods of sunshine throughout the year, allowing the production of fruits, vegetables and especially the cultivation of grapes for export and local production of pisco.
The sky in the Elqui Valley is very clear. For this reason, some international astronomy organizations have installed observatories on the tops of his hills.
In the valley is located Vicuña, its main town and place where the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral (winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945 and the National Prize for Literature in 1951) was born.