1. Observatorio Astronómico Cerro Tololo
2. Valle del Elqui

The city of La Serena is the capital of Chile’s IV Region of Coquimbo. It is located 470 km north of Santiago. To get there you can take a 6 hour bus ride or a 1 hour flight from Santiago.  La Serena is famous for its beautiful beaches, vineyards, and desert climate in its surroundings. Once in La Serena you should take a walk along the Avenida del Mar and the Alameda Francisco de Aguirre. The area houses an open air sculpture museum, the national monument Church of San Francisco, built during the 16th and 17th centuries, and Recova, the region’s best known market. 

In Coquimbo, you can enjoy La Herradura beach and the nightlife of the Barrio Inglés district, and if you happen to visit during the celebrations of Chile’s Independence (September 18th-19th) you can join the festivities at La Pampilla, where you’ll experience Chilean traditions and cuisine. 

Among the destinations in the area, you can visit Fray Jorge National Park and the islands of the Humboldt Penguin Reserve (for accommodations in this area, click here), for a glimpse at the local biodiversity; and observatories such as La Campana, Cerro Tololo, La Silla and Cerro Mamalluca, if you want to enjoy the clear skies of the north. Also, you’ll find observatories dedicated to tourism and hotels that offer telescopes for their guest; all for you to enjoy Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies! (for accommodations in this area, click here)  

If you are a sports lover, you’ll find places to go hiking, scuba diving (for accommodations that offer scuba diving click here) and windsurfing. And if you’re looking to relax away from the city, you can go to valley towns like Pisco Elqui, Vicuña, Elqui and Hurtado Valley (for accommodations in this area, click here), where you’ll be able to taste local dishes, wines and piscos. If you’re looking for sustainable tourism destinations in the area, check our options below!


Where to stay in La Serena & Surroundings?

1. ExploraSub Cabins & Scuba Diving

2. Lodge Punta de Domos

3. Hacienda Los Andes

4. Casona Distante Hotel