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South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena January 19th 2023

We departed General San Martin (Pisco), Peru in the afternoon of Monday, January 16, 2023 but didn’t arrive at our next port, Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile, until the morning of Thursday, January 19, 2023. That’s three nights and two days of sailing the ocean blue; however, there were some interesting things to occupy our time at sea. I don’t know how strictly ships’ routes over the vast expanse of the oceans are regulated (probably less than aircraft and that’s, probably, a good thing), but the captain announced just as we had left the pier that he had obtained permission for us to pass near a prehistoric rock art formation, or geoglyph, known as the Paracas Candelabra, or the Candelabra of the Andes. I’m not a prehistoric art enthusiast but do find them interesting and worth a ... read more
Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile from the MS Volendam
Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile from the MS Volendam

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena July 21st 2018

18 juillet "Follow, follow the sun And which way the wind blows When this day is done" Xavier Rudd (À Santiago) Je prend place au deuxième étage d'un Turbus en direction de La Serena. Il est 11h25AM. Je viens d'avaler un hot-dog calfeutré d'avocat et de salsa picante signé généreusement d'une moutarde en lettres attachées. Bouffe de gare: ça devrait suffire pour apaiser mon appétit durant quelques heures. Le bus prend la route qui débouche sur la Pan-American, et puis s'enligne vers le Nord. La grisaille du ciel et le centre-ville bétonné s'échappent enfin de mon regard alors que l'autoroute se déroule vers l'été. Rapidement, on entre en terrain abrupte et aride où quelques fois, le décor en biais dévoile des plantations d'agrumes ou des vignobles asséchés par les ... read more
Corridor de palmiers
Pêcheur à la Plage

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena July 5th 2017

Suzanne here... The bus arrived in La Serena 1.5 hours late. Not usually a big deal, but we'd booked an apartment and given an arrival time of 2pm, and it was that already. There were no taxi's (perhaps as the Confederations Cup Final between Chile and Germany was on). Nor could I find free wi-fi anywhere to let them know. We found the bus stop and after a bit of a wait a bus came along and took us to within 10 minutes walk of the apartment. We were just under an hour late. The security chap had to phone the guy (who had given up waiting for us) to come back. All rather embarrassing. Still, the apartment was fabulous. Modern and with a great sea view. We quickly settled in and then went out to ... read more
Our lovely apartment
La Serena lighthouse
La Serena church...

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena December 1st 2016

La Serena was just a normal city but I did end up staying a little longer than planned cause the hostel was lovely and comfortable and after all the early mornings in San Pedro, I wanted to sleep! The beach here was not great but hey still a beach! The only adventure I did was the Isla Damas which supposedly has 4000 Humboldt penguins on it but I only saw about 5. However we did see dolphins, otors ( don't know how to write that) and sea lions so it was still an exciting tour. I then went to spend a couple of days in the Pisco Valley where star gazing is a must. I went to a family owned observatory where's they explained with a super powerful laser pointer where was what. Super interesting to ... read more

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena December 28th 2015

Geo: -35.6751, -71.54314 hours later, we finally arrived at La Serena and Alex went directly to our hostel while I went to Vicuña to finally get back my towel and bikini. We spent the afternoon relaxing and drinking beer on the roof terrace with some people that we knew from our hostel in San Pedro de Atakam and in the evening we went for a walk in the city center, bought some presents (Alex at least) and we cooked dinner in our hostel.The next day (29.12), our tour to the Humboldt Pinguïn Reserve started at 8:30 AM and our guide was actually early for a change ; can you imagine this? Really strange for Chile! ;-)Hannah from Texas came with us, 2 people from England and 3 from Germany. Our guide was really good - he ... read more
La Serena
La Serena
La Serena

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena March 9th 2015

Coquimbo, Chile and its next door neighbor, La Serena. 450 miles north of Santiago on the coast of Chile, we come to Coquimbo and its next door neighbor of La Serena. The first thing we learned was that these two cities are mortal enemies, at least when it comes to futbol! The Coquimbo Pirates (yellow and black) vs. the La Serena Papayeros (red and yellow). Well, as it happened, our driver, David, was from Coquimbo, and our tour guide, Patricio is from La Serena and both are avid futbol fans. Throughout the morning the rivalry continued with Patricio showing us a very small yellow and black Pirates shirt, but then when he wanted to tell us about Los Papayeros, he brought out a very LARGE red shirt with the number 10 on it to honor the ... read more
2 Jean & Lighthouse
3 Coquimbo Cross
4 Cope at end of main avenue La Serena

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena January 9th 2014

Geo: -29.9008, -71.2448I was arriving in La Serena very late in the evening and it was freezing cold in the's the chill that gets you...haha...I was searching for the guesthouse I have goggled on the Internet...Unfortunately fully booked but the lady at the entrance brought me to another guesthouse, which is not advertised on the Internet and therefore not fully booked so I got a nice room with a beautiful yard to relax in the morning (sorry, forgot to make pics)... In northern Chile you always have to make sure to stay in the cities a bit and relax...Little Oases in the vast bone dry desert that surrounds just about every city and town in northern regions of Chile. Anyhow, the next day I was fit again and brought my motorbike to the first scheduled ... read more
On the road into the unknown Atacama Desert
On the road into the unknown Atacama Desert
On the road into the unknown Atacama Desert

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena December 31st 2013

Finally we left the drier than dry dusty desert landscapes behind, and took direction towards the coast. Even though, the coast is also desert in Northern Chile, but at least there is the fresh ocean air instead of just dust. We boarded a bus to the town of Copiapó (which btw is where those 33 miners were trapped and then rescued three years ago), but never made it there, because in the course of our bus journey, it became apparent that regarding our plans to visit Pan de Azucar national park, it would make much more sense to get off in the town of Chañaral instead. Only we worried a bit whether we would find a place to sleep in that small town arriving quite late in the evening, so we decided that once the bus ... read more
emerging from the sea (actually I'm escaping a wave)
algae on the beach
picture of taking picture

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena July 15th 2013

15/7-2013: We went to La Serena with our friend Cristian by car. It was though to say goodbye and now know if you will return again. Slept a lot of the way and arrived at midday - we had some lunch with the other three girls who were already there and Haroldo who we were staying with - had some really nice seafood at a restaurant at the beach. We booked a tour to Isla Damas the next day and went home to relax before dinner and a night out. We went to a reggae bar called Tsunami with live music and it was really fun. 16/7-2013: We got up early to go to Isla Damas, and got on the wrong bus cause the busdriver chose not to check the ticket.. We found out real ... read more

South America » Chile » Coquimbo Region » La Serena June 9th 2013

- Flight from Montevideo to Santiago I started my vacation with 2 days in the Chile office and 1 day shopping spree in Santiago. I was so deprived from global chains - I just eschewed my initial idea of a bike tour and dived in a Banana Repulic and H&M tour instead. A bit like a junkie off his dope for 3 days - for me it was 3 months!!!! - Flight from Santiago to La Serena – 450 km Finally - the real holiday started on Sunday morning - when I met Adi at the Santiago airport- We flew with Sky Airline up to La Serena for a quick visit of the Elqui Valley. In Pisco Elqui we found a really cool hotel with geodesic (tent) domes with our own private terrace. Unfortunately we had ... read more
Deserted valley
Pisco Elqui
Eating & drinking

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