Coquimbo (La Serena) HIghlights
Collected by Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
Browsing in local markets is always a highlight of traveling in South America. In addition to the range of goods to be perused, the opportunities to people-watch help visitors get a sense of what local life is like. Feria Abasto is Coquimbo's main...
Av del Mar 5200, La Serena, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
A visit to Chile all but obliges travelers to indulge in the local food and drink specialties, including shrimp and other fruits of the sea, and local wines or a pisco sour cocktail. In Coquimbo, one of the most elegant places to try these Chilean...
Cordovéz esquina Cienfuegos, La Serena, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
The diverse terrain and landscape of Chile have made for fascinating archaeological finds over the years—finds that have led to claims of the oldest stone tools and earliest human remains ever discovered in the Americas. Learn more about the...
La Herradura, Coquimbo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Just 14 kilometers (less than nine miles) from La Serena, the white-sand La Herradura Beach is ideal for swimming and relaxing, as the water is warm and nearly as placid as an outdoor pool. On-site lockers mean you don't have to worry about...
Tte Merino 32, Coquimbo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Built at the turn of the millennium, this concrete icon (the name translates to Third Millennium Cross) stands high above Coquimbo on El Vigía Hill. Local officials claim it is South America's tallest monument to the Christian faith, even besting...
191 - Independencia 171, Coquimbo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Coquimbo's mosque doesn't date back to the port's early days as a maritime crossroads—in fact, it was built between 2004 and 2006—but that makes it no less interesting. A replica of a mosque in Marrakech, the construction was reportedly sponsored...
Valle de Elqui, La Serena, Región de Coquimbo, Chile
Elqui Valley is a unique landscape, one where lush vineyards give way to a desert that is home to much of the world's astronomical infrastructure (namely observatories). Even if your visit doesn't extend to evening hours, there's plenty to see and...