The city has 109,393 inhabitants, is located 472 km. north of Santiago and 12 km. Coquimbo, which conforms with an urban environment. Is inserted in an environment of outstanding natural features, which include the beaches of warm waters, the Elqui Valley and its green areas.
Founded in 1544, making it the second oldest city in Chile. At that time, served to facilitate maritime and land with Peru.
There are three characteristics of architecture in the city: colonial and neo-mining. It keeps the order of square blocks around the square, the mining boom led to the lifting of many churches and houses, and then won the Spanish style called for the construction of public and private buildings.
It is characterized by a large number of services available for tourists, particularly the area of Avenida del Mar.
How to get to La Serena?
La Serena is located 472 km. north of Santiago de Chile, 12 km. north of Coquimbo, 254 km. Los Vilos and 88 km. Ovalle. You can reach us:
There are daily frequencies from Santiago de Chile, Iquique, Antofagasta and Copiapó arriving at Florida International Air Terminal at La Serena. Check out the schedules.
From Santiago to travel by road 473 kilometers north Pan American on track to double track completely paved. From anywhere on the journey south by the same route.
If traveling from the north should continue to the south by the Pan American Highway and Route 5 to La Serena.
There are continuous frequencies from Coquimbo. From Santiago there are several tours during the day to be concerned at the finish.
If you want to arrive by sea must travel to the port of Coquimbo, where you have access to another kind of mobilization that is carried by 12 km. to La Serena. You can hire a taxi.
Where to go in La Serena?
Avenida del Mar Beaches
The beaches of the Avenida del Mar up one of the most popular walks in La Serena. Monumental connecting Faro, in a southerly direction, with adjoining beach Peñuelas. Has 6 km. extension. This avenue stretches of beaches covering 12 known as El Faro, the strong, Mansa, Blanca, La Barca, Four Corners, La Marina, El Pescador, Le Corsaire, Hipocampo, Las Gaviotas and Canto del Agua.
The beaches are suitable for swimming and water sports, less Lighthouse.
Plaza de Armas de La Serena:
Place recasting the city of La Serena San Bartolomé on 26 August 1549. Is the main public walkway from the city center and is adorned by a large carved stone fountain, designed by the artist Samuel Román.
San Francisco Church:
Balmaceda street is at No. 640, Eduardo de La Barra corner. It was built between 1585 and 1627, is of Italian Renaissance style and was the first stone church of La Serena. Its construction was difficult and costly because it came from the limestone and wood Peñuelas High Ovalle. Today is a testimony of the colonial era and was declared a National Monument in 1977. In its oldest part is the Museum of Religious Art, which is currently closed for repairs.
Located at street corner Cantournet Cienfuegos. It is the Mercado Municipal de La Serena. Is given that name because, following the customs of the colony, is surrounded by arches. This is the best craft fair in the city, has restaurants and patios where you can relax.
Mineralogical Museum Ignacio Domeyko
Belongs to the University of La Serena, the Department of Mining Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. Infante is located in streets with Anfión Munoz, Ignacio Domeyko on campus.
Cathedral La Serena:
It was declared a National Monument in 1981. It is located in the Plaza de Armas, northeast corner, with street Cordovez. Stands as the first temple for the founding of La Serena in 1544.
Located 5 minutes from the center of the city of La Serena, Avenida del Mar, whose beaches stretching from Monument to the Lighthouse Beach Water Song on the edge of Peñuelas, gives rise to one of the most attractive walks in the city, which has many tourist services, as apart hotels, campsites, pubs and nightclubs, restaurants, motels, playground facilities and modern buildings of residential apartments. You may also rent private furnished apartments for 4-6 people.
Enjoy the north of Chile, its beaches, mountains and architectural sites!