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La Serena— 36 nights
City of Churches
Packed with old stone churches in a unique urban landscape, La Serena represents one of Chile's oldest settlements, equally popular with architecture buffs and beachgoers.Family-friendly places like Avenida del Mar and Playa La Herradura will thrill your kids. Explore La Serena's surroundings by going to Vicuna (Embalse Puclaro, Centro Turistico Cooperativa Capel, & more), Andacollo (Iglesia Chica de Andacollo & Observatorio Astronomico Collowara) and Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt (in Punta Choros). Spend the 25th (Sat) exploring nature at Fray Jorge National Park. There's much more to do: admire the verdant scenery at Valle del Elqui, admire the natural beauty at Jardin del Corazon, take in the dramatic natural features at Punta Choros, and sample the fine beverages at Fundo Los Nichos.
To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read La Serena trip planner .
In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in La Serena
Coquimbo, Vicuna, Pisco Elqui, Ovalle, Tongoy