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La Serena is a town in Northern Chile. It is a perfectly charming Chilean town. There is a lot to see and do nearby.

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Points of Interest in La Serena

  • In the Archeologigal Museum there is the only rapa nui moai head to have toured Europe. Entry CLP$600.
  • The nearby observatory is also open to the public.
  • If you are around in early Spring you might be lucky enough to see the desert in bloom. It happens in occasional years and is stunning.
  • Elqui Valley, one of the most beautiful, clear and brilliant nights you will ever see. Here you will find the main villages that you can easily do on a bike. Vicuña, where Gabriela Mistral was born, and where you can get to see how the Chilean Pisco is made. Pisco Elqui, which is ideal for a romantic escapade and Cochiguaz.
  • For more detailed information regarding the observatories go the seti.cl webpage Region
  • Isla DamasOn Isla Damas, you can swim, walk along trails and to lookout points or go scuba diving and snorkeling. Once back on the mainland, stay the night at Punta de Choros, where cabins and campsites will allow you to enjoy warm seaside evenings. [4]
  • Parque Nacional Fray Jorge (You can enter the Fray Jorge National Park from the South by taking the North Pan-American highway to mile 241.7, and then taking a long side road to the West for 13.6 miles up to the main Park’s gate. This is a dirt road, but in good conditions year round.The best time to visit is on weekends from late October to November, during the entire flowering period. It will take you at least 4 hours to visit.). January-February, Monday Through Sunday, open from 9am to 5pm, the rest of the year Monday through Sunday, from 9am to 4pm. Fray Jorge National Park Nacional comprises acres at altitudes of between and 2188 in the coastal area located miles east from most beautiful places to visit are Hydrophilic trail is very mouth river. There are picnic area and campsites -$8.000 per night- and a lodge for 5 persons -$25.000-. Domestic animals are not allowed. Bring a coat since the forest is cold. The admission ticket is $1.600, children $600.

Plaza de Armas

La Serena Cathedral

San Francisco Church

Santo Domingo Church

Kokoro No Niwa Japanese Garden

La Serena Lighthouse

La Serena Archaeological Museum

San Agustin Church

La Portada Stadium

La Serena Beach

University of La Serena

Cerro Tololo Observatory

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  • The japanese style (indeed, laid out by a Tokyo landscape architect) garden Jardin del Corazon is just west of the center. It celebrates the 450th anniversary of La Serena, its ties with its Japanese friend Tenri and the export of Chilean ore to Japan. Plenty of ducks and geese in the pond, some fish and the odd turtle. Entry CH$2000.
  • Beaches - La Serena has some of the country's longest stretches of beach. You can take a whole day walking from one end to another.
  • Observatory tours. The Elqui Valley outside La Serena has some of the best conditions for observing the sky, hence the many observatories, some open to the public doing tours from La Serena city at night. Tour prices including transport are about $15000.
  • Observatorio Mamalluca, e-mail: reservas@mamalluca.org. For more information: – mamalluca@munivicuna.cl Address: Calle Gabriela Mistral 260, oficina 1, Ilustre Municipalidad de Vicuña. Phone (51) 411352 / 209138 Fee: 3500 CLP ($7 usd) for adults and 1500 CLP ($3 USD) for kids from 3 to 12. Transportation (opcional)1500 CLP ($3 USD)
  • Observatorio La Silla, e-mail: recepstg@eso.org. For more information: mail: Address La Serena: ESO, Casilla 567, El Santo, 1538, La Serena Phone:(56-51) 225387, booking (56-2) 4633280. Fax (56-51) 215175
  • Tololo, fax: 205212. More Info: CTIO, Casilla 603, Colina El Pino s/n, La Serena. Phone: (56-51) 205200
  • For more detailed information regarding the observatories go the seti.cl webpage Region
  • There is a cinema at the Mall Plaza, by the bus terminal
  • There is a casino at Av. El Mar

Food

The densest cluster of restaurants and fast food joints is around the intersection of O`Higgins and Eduardo de la Barra.

  • Daniella II, Av. Francisco de Aguirre. A set lunch may only set you back, 1500 CLP ($3 USD), you might find it's not worth it. This goes for home-made food, and not getting all sick.
  • Casona Dell 900, Av. Francisco de Aguirre. Has great BBQ meats served on a coal heated plate
  • Gary, Matta, getting to Francisco de Aguirre, in front of Alliance française. Good lunch, home-made food, and far cleaner than other places. The full menu goes up to 2000 CLP ($4 USD) including entrée, main course and dessert. Sodas, 800 CLP ($1,6 USD)
  • Subway La Serena, Huanhuali 85, costado sur de mall plaza, al lado de la shell,  051 673183, e-mail: subwaylaserena@hotmail.com. mon-thurs 9:00-22:00 Fri 9:00-22:30 Sat 12:00-22:30 Sun 12:00-21:00. Variety is not as big as in the US, prices are slightly lower.
  • Ayawasi, Pedro Pablo Muñoz 566,  +56986949534, e-mail: hola@ayawasi.cl. Organic and mostly vegetarian cafe. Charming atmosphere, very friendly English-speaking owner, and amazing food. Great for soup and a sandwich at lunchtime or coffee drinks by the fire on a rainy day.

Drinks

Loads of bars near the intersection of O`Higgins and Eduardo de la Barra. At least a couple of them will be busy even on a Monday night thanks to the town`s students.

Shopping

  • Papaya Juice - Sold all over the city but especially at markets, the papaya is grown locally here
  • Pisco - The national drink of Chile is brewed in the nearby Elqui Valley and is a must-try for every traveller, enjoyed either as a Pisco Sour (Pisco with limon juice, sugar, and egg-white) or Piscola (Pisco with Coke)
  • Handicraft - Nice handicraft markets are held every summer

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