National Volunteer Center

National Volunteer Center

English Opens Doors Program

Small North

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Overview:

Comprised of the Atacama (III) and Coquimbo (IV) regions, the Small North is known for its sunny weather, varied landscapes, and starry skies. This area features both stark desert landscapes and fertile valleys. The most famous valley in the area is called “Valle del Elqui” and has some of Chile’s best stargazing and pisco production.

The Atacama region typically receives less than one inch of rainfall each year. Throughout the year, Copiapó (one of the zone’s major cities) has an average high temperature of 20°C (82°F) and an average low of 6°C (44°). Coquimbo is one of the most temperate regions of Chile. Throughout the year, La Serena (one of the zone’s major cities) has an average high temperature of 20°C (68°F) and an average low of 8°C (46°). While the Coquimbo region receives some rain throughout the year, mainly in June and July, it is known for having some of the clearest skies in the world.

Photos of regions submitted by current and former volunteers:

Coquimbo:

Port in Coquimbo  Serena Skies