Wellness tourism

Start a wellness tourism business in the Coquimbo region

  • The Coquimbo Region has the highest rate of overnight stays in tourist accommodation in Chile.
  • It is the first Region in spontaneous popular architecture in the country.
  • It is part of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world (Hotspots): 8 Mediterranean microclimates, 864 rocky glaciers, 20 lagoons (2 RAMSAR), 3 transversal valleys. In addition, it is the third region of Chile with the largest number of beaches and spas in the country.
  • It is the second region with the largest presence of Diaguita & Colla population and the fourth with Aymara population.
  • It is the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • It is recognized for its historical and architectural wealth since 1544, with La Serena being the second oldest city in Chile and the oldest in the Regions.
  • The Elqui Valley has been selected as a must-visit destination by prestigious media as The New York Times, Bloomberg and Forbes.

Astrotourism

Start an astrotourism business in the Coquimbo region

  • Northern Chile offers the clearest and lighted skies in the world. Low light pollution and correct atmospheric conditions allow 290 clear days a year for astronomical observation. The country concentrates 50% of the world’s astronomical capacity, and it is expected that it will reach 70% in this decade.
  • The Coquimbo Region is the most important astrotouristic destination in South America, concentrating 51% of the astrotourism offer in Chile.
  • The Coquimbo Region is home to 12 large installed telescopes and 5 international observatories (ESO / La Silla, CTIO, NOAO, Gemini, LSST), being one of the most important territories in astronomical research in the world.
  • The Coquimbo Region has the only Starlight certified reserve in the southern hemisphere, located in the Fray Jorge National Park.
  • The Astrotourism Roadmap of Chile 2016-2025 expresses the will to go from 250,000 to 750,000 visits, increasing revenues from US $ 5MM to US $ 25MM.