La Serena On Your Own

4 hours | La Serena (Coquimbo) | C O W - 1 8 5
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  • La Serena
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

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. From Coquimbo board your transport and enjoy a 30-minute scenic transfer that takes you to the heart of La Serena.

The village of "Villanueva de La Serena" was first founded in the mid-1500s by Captain Juan Bohón. The village was totally destroyed in 1549 by an uprising of local Indians killing nearly every Spaniard. Pedro de Valdivia ordered the village rebuilt under the name of San Bartolomé de La Serena (now patron saint of the city), in the same place where today the Plaza de Armas stands.

During the 17th century, the city suffered continuous attacks from pirates. Bartholomew Sharp - who partly burned and looted the city in 1680 - and Edward Davis who set fire to the convent of Santo Domingo in 1686, caused great fear among the population forcing the defense of the city in 1700.

Disembark at a central location that provides easy access to taxis, shopping and restaurants. Then set out on your own for several hours of free time to explore the many sights and delights of this fascinating city. 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.

Special Notes:

On Sundays most stores and restaurants in La Serena will be closed; La Recova Market and the Museum are open until around 1PM.

Transportation is not air-conditioned.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer from pier to La Serena

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

Transfer to the town of la Serena

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45

Visit, shop and discover La Serena on your own

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
06:30
Free time at site:
390

Free time to explore La Serena on your own

Time at site:
03:00
Free time at site:
180

Transfer back to the Pier

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Transportation
Travel time:
00:45

Return transfer to pier

Transport type:
Non Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30