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- In an area of spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains
- First-rate stargazing setting among clear and dark skies
- Playground, picnic areas and barbecue area
Camping Río Mágico is in an area of spectacular scenery surrounded by mountains, in the Elqui Valley on the Andes mountain range. Its Cochiguaz location is a first-rate stargazing setting, among some of the clearest, darkest skies on earth.
Among the stunning local landscapes is Río Mágico lake with its natural pools surrounded by mountains. The area is a designated Dark Sky Sanctuary, one of the most rare dark places left on the planet.
The comfortable and modern facilities in this rural setting include a playground, picnic areas, a washing-up area, toilets and showers.
Barbecues are permitted in the designated area.
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Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Cycle hire nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Large (51-200 pitches)
From La Serena, take route CH-41 up to kilometre-marker 100.
Many traces and ruins of ancient tribes living here centuries ago are in the area, such as the Guanaco Stone a huge rock carved with petroglyphs dating back to Inca, Diaguita and El Molle ancient times.
Choose among the many tours available to visit the surrounding natural reserve or go hiking around the local mountains.
Stargazing is one of the most popular activities in this area. The Alfa Aldea observatory offers small, personalised astronomical tours in English or Spanish, and you can also visit Mamalluca Observatory, 9km northeast of Vicuña and one of the most popular attractions in the area. At higher altitudes of 2,200 metres is the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
For a taste of local drinks, visit Pisquera Aba, a family-run pisquera in business for almost a century and with info on the local pisco production. If you prefer beer, take a tour around Cervecería Guayacan.