LA SERENA AND COQUIMBO
Know La Serena and CoquimboBeaches, bays, islands and investigation centers are some of the many attractions in La Serena, an ideal place to practice outdoor activities and sports, such as fly fishing and surfing. The are also beautiful beaches like Tongoy, Morrillos, Las Tacas, Guanaqueros, Totoralillo, Peñuelas and La Herradura. There are special places as well, where protected areas are the home of a varied flora and fauna; an example is the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve, ideal for ecotourism in Choros, Damas and Chañaral Islands. La Serena has historical and archaeological museums, and fantastic colonial architecture. Andacollo offers to visitors a glimpse of the religious ceremonies that are celebrated at different times of the year.
Attractions: Flora and fauna. Ideal beaches. Archaeological, anthropological and historical interest zone. Ecotourism.
Activities: Sport fishing, scuba diving, swimming, sailing, walkings, surf, windsurf, picnic, flora and fauna contemplation, photography.
How to get there: Santiago, Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Copiapo-La Serena: Airway.
Santiago-Coquimbo: Land route, by Panamericana Highway north (kilometer 459)
Santiago-La Serena: Land route, by Panamericana Highway 5 North (kilometer 470)
When to go: All year long.
Weather: Semiarid. Arid by the north and mild by the south. The shore temperatures are homogeneuos, in the interior the temperature oscillates between day and night time. Rain during winter season.
Services: Housing, food, transportation,outdoor activities, observatories, camping.
Surroundings: Andacollo, Las Tacas Beach, Los Hornos Bay, El Tofo Hill, Old Chungungo, La Serena, Coquimbo, Choros Island, Damas Island, La Higuera, La Serena, Las Campanas Astronomy Observatory, La Silla Astronomy Observatory, Blanca Beach, Choros beach, Guanaqueros beach, La herradura beach, Peñuelas beach, Tongoy, Punta Choros, Humboldt Penguin National Reserve.