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Chile Travel: La Serena   by Melissa Reichwage

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The Elqui Valley in Northern Chile is one of the most attractive parts of this dynamic nation. There are mines, orchards, vineyards, and arid mountains. There is a stark yet stunning contrast between immense rock formations and the lush valley floor.

La Serena is Chile's second-oldest city and one of the most important in the Elqui Valley. It is blessed with a long shoreline and beautiful architecture. Built on a hillside 2 km inland, the city is famous for its churches, tree-lined avenues, and attractive plazas. Aside from the summer rush in January and February, it is a fairly peaceful beach resort.

The city boasts over 30 churches, several which have unusual towers. Much of the city's architecture is original colonial, but most of it is neocolonial. The Plaza de Armas surrounding area has most of the official buildings, including the Casa González Videla which now houses the Museo Histórico Regional. Opposite is the 1844 cathedral featuring a carillon which plays every hour.

In addition to many churches, La Serena has splendid parks. One block west of the Plaza de Armas is the Parque Pedro de Valdivia with the Parque Japonés just south of it. Avenida Francisco, known as the Alameda, is a lovely boulevard lined with statues and running from the center to the coast. The Alameda ends at Faro Monumental, a neo-colonial mock-castle and lighthouse, now a pub. A string of beaches run from here to Penuelas, 6 km south. Many apartments, hotels, cabanas, and restaurants have been built along this section of the beach.

La Serena has numerous attractions in the surrounding countryside. The charming villages and pisco vineyards are abundant, as are astronomical observatories. The valleys around La Serena are excellent for astronomical viewing. The clear skies and dry atmosphere have led to La Serena becoming one of the astronomical centers of the world. They have four observatories, one built especially for visitors. Mamalluca is a new observatory built especially for the public at 1,500 m. There is also a multimedia center here, but be sure to book tours in advance.

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About the Author: This guide to an La Serena vacation in Chile was written by a Chile travel expert at Chile For Less available to help you custom design your exciting Chile vacations.


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Hotel Playa Campanario, La Serena
Hotel Campanario is a large resort with free Wi-F situated on Serena's picturesque beachfront. Facilities include 2 outdoor pools surrounded by lush gardens and palm trees and a tennis court. The spacious rooms at Hotel Playa Campanario are decorated with thick carpeted floors and dried flower arrangements. All feature queen-size beds, cable TV, and attractively furnished balconies. Guests at Playa Campanario can enjoy 24-hour room service and a breakfast buffet with fresh fruits and pastries. The restaurant and bar serves regional cuisine and tropical cocktails.
Santa Barbara Hotel, La Serena
Santa Barbara Hotel is a colonial property, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, where each season seems to perpetuate its style. Santa Barbara Hotel offers a warm atmosphere, and the comfort and services needed to make your stay in the North of Chile a memorable one.  The  property has 12 beautiful rooms, each equipped with private bath, Cable TV, Safety Box, and Telephone. The hotel also has a Pool, BBQ area, Private Parking and a Playground.
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