La Serena (Coquimbo), Chile

The port of Coquimbo is the gateway to La Serena, founded in 1544. Located in the transition zone between Chile's austere Atacama Desert and the country's fertile central valley, La Serena is a popular holiday resort. The nearby Elqui Valley is an agricultural center famed for grapes, papaya and cherimoya. The region was also home to the pre-Columbian Diaguita and El Molle cultures, noted for their fine ceramics and jewelry.

La Serena's central Plaza de Armas is home to superb colonial buildings and a 19th-century cathedral. La Recova - the artisan's marketplace - features copper and silver jewelry, glass works and ceramics.

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Points of Interest

  • Tololo Observatory
  • Elqui Valley
  • Pisco District
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Petroglyphs
  • Vineyards
  • La Serena
  • La Recova Market
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  • Tololo Observatory

    Let yourself be guided on a journey to the stars at the sixth largest astronomical observatory in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring powerful telescopes and awe-inspiring mountain views.

  • Elqui Valley

    The towering Andes rise above the historic and breathtaking Elqui Valley. A popular destination for hiking and trekking, many come to the valley to relax among the grape vines and lemon trees.

  • Pisco District

    Nestled in the Elqui Valley, the Pisco District is where the region's famous grape brandy, or pisco, is produced, as part of a long-standing tradition begun by the Spanish in the 16th century.

  • Archaeological Museum

    Founded in 1943, this La Serena museum boasts a 12,000-piece collection of artifacts, including pre-Columbian pottery, an Easter Island moai, a variety of fossils and maps.

  • Petroglyphs

    Blanketing the Enchanted Valley National Historic Monument, numerous petroglyphs offer a glimpse into cultures past, including stone engravings and painted figures dating as far back as 2,000 B.C.

  • Vineyards

    Taste the fruits of Chile's acclaimed wine industry by exploring the vineyards around La Serena.

  • La Serena

    La Serena is a popular holiday resort. Plaza de Armas is home to superb colonial buildings and a 19th-century cathedral. La Recova - the artisan's marketplace - features copper and silver jewelry, glass works and ceramics.

  • La Recova Market

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La Serena On Your Own

4 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-185
  • La Serena

Explore the La Serena on your own with this leisurely, self guided excursion that drops you off in central area of the city. Then enjoy free time to shop for or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the areas many fine restaurants.

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City Drive & La Recova Market (Guided in German)

3.5 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-203
  • La Recova Market

View the old lighthouse and the historic Plaza de Armas, take photos at La Herradura Beach and shop for souvenirs at the La Recova Market. This easy half-day tour provides a fascinating introduction to Coquimbo and the regional capital of La Serena.

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City Drive & La Recova Market

3.5 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-200

View the old lighthouse and the historic Plaza de Armas, take photos at La Herradura Beach and shop for souvenirs at the La Recova Market. This easy half-day tour provides a fascinating introduction to Coquimbo and the regional capital of La Serena

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Pisco Distillery & Elqui Valley (Guided in German)

8 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-213
  • Elqui Valley
  • Pisco District

Explore the scenic Elqui Valley to Vicuna, the hometown of Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral. With captivating beaches and historical landmarks in Coquimbo and La Serena, a Pisco distillery tour and tasting, and shopping at La Recova Market for local handicrafts, you'll enjoy a moderate full-day tour filled with adventure.

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Pisco Distillery & Elqui Valley

8 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-210
  • Elqui Valley
  • Pisco District

Explore the scenic Elqui Valley to Vicuna, the hometown of Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral. With captivating beaches and historical landmarks in Coquimbo and La Serena, a Pisco distillery tour and tasting, and shopping at La Recova Market for local handicrafts, you'll enjoy a moderate full-day tour filled with adventure.

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Petroglyphs, Viña Tabali Winery & Wine Tasting

7 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-120
  • Petroglyphs
  • Vineyards

View the "Enchantment Valley's" petroglyph-marked boulders, and sample the wines of a noted Chilean winery while learning about the country's acclaimed wine industry. This strenuous full day-tour includes a barbeque lunch with Pisco Sour at a restaurant in the foothills of the Andes Mountains and sightseeing on the Pan-American Highway.

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Tololo Observatory

5.75 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-111
  • Tololo Observatory
  • Elqui Valley

.Feel like a professional astronomer at the sixth-largest astronomical observatory in the Southern Hemisphere. Ascent to the 6,000-foot-level of Mount Tololo. Engage in a special guided visit of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO). View several telescopes and auxiliary instruments and enjoy an informative talk about the nature of the universe.

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Tololo Observatory & Elqui Valley

8 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | COW-110
  • Tololo Observatory
  • Elqui Valley

Feel like a professional astronomer on a special guided tour of the sixth largest astronomical observatory in the Southern Hemisphere. The views from Mount Tololo are worth the trip alone! And you'll visit Vicuña, the birthplace of Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral and enjoy lunch on this moderate full-day tour.

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