7 days in La Serena Itinerary

7 days in La Serena Itinerary

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7 days in La Serena Itinerary

Start: Santiago
bus:  7​h
La Serena
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Santiago

La Serena

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.
Visit Reserva Nacional Pinguino de Humboldt and Playa Guanaqueros for some beach relaxation. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playas Socos and Humedal de Pachingo. Get out of town with these interesting La Serena side-trips: Mamalluca Observatory (in Vicuna), Iglesia Chica de Andacollo (in Andacollo) and Monte Grande (Cavas Del Valle & Plazuela de Juegos Gabriela Mistral). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Acuario y Museo Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, appreciate the views at Valle del Elqui, and take an in-depth tour of Gabriel Gonzalez Videla Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our La Serena road trip site .

Santiago to La Serena is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in La Serena can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in La Serena

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tongoy, Monte Grande, Coquimbo, Mamalluca Observatory, Iglesia Chica de Andacollo
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playas Socos
Playas Socos
Humedal de Pachingo ©
Humedal de Pachingo