In the heart of the mythical Elqui Valley in Pisco, surrounded by the Andes Mountains, 500km north of Santiago in central Chile, lies a magical place that allows for star-spangled dreams beneath the clear pure sky. Combining stargazing and specialized astronomic tours with night-time horseback riding, meditation and even tarot readings, Elqui Domos is a hotel quite like no other.
It was completed in 2005 to fulfil its owners’ desire to observe and enjoy the grandeur of the one of the world’s most star-filled skies. It is one of only seven astronomic hotels around the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, offering breathtaking views of the magic skies draped over the Elqui Valley (the valley is renowned for its sharp, clear skies, as it happens to sit under one of the clearest atmospheres in the world). The lack of rain and pleasant weather all year round set the perfect conditions for astronomic tourism, where guests can gather to enjoy a unique chance to liaise with the stars.
Our follower Andrea from Italy visited Kōenji in Tōkyō’s Suginami ward, the area in which important parts of the plot of 1Q84 take place. Andrea used our 1Q84 map to locate the famous slide that Tengo uses to get a better view at the two moons and took these photos.
For an easier navigable version of our 1Q84 map (which by the way contains a photo of the playground & slide, too), view it directly on Google Maps: Click. Our other maps can be found here; a map for After Dark will follow soon.