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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.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year



Lake and/or mountain


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)


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  • Km 11 Camino Unico, Cochiguaz, Pisco Elqui, Elqui, Chile, 0
  • Timezone America/Santiago -0400 (GMT-04:00)   GPS 30.1429°S 70.4073°W


From La Serena, take route CH-41 up to kilometre-marker 100.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Barbecuing is only allowed in designated areas.