Airport - Hotel in La Serena
Pick up at the airport at the agreed time and transfer to the hotel in La Serena.
We will enjoy a City tour through La Serena and Coquimbo. Hotel pickup.
The tour starts from the Plaza de Armas in the city of La Serena, three hours of fascinating guided tour enjoying its history, its preserved neocolonial architecture and its great natural beauty. Admire the classic elegance of its buildings and innumerable churches, its pre-Columbian past and outstanding evolution in the Archaeological Museum. We will visit the unique and picturesque market of La Recova, a tourist center for the exhibition and sale of typical regional crafts.
Later, we will have a spectacular view of the Bay of Coquimbo, the city and the port, from the Mirador de La Universidad de La Serena, it will be an unforgettable memory of your stay.
After a visit to the Monumental Lighthouse, a symbol of the city, we will visit Avenida del Mar, where sophisticated buildings and tourist complexes stand out, as a sign of the tourist growth of the area. We will see the characteristic maritime and commercial activity of the port through a route along Costanera Avenue and downtown Coquimbo.
To finish, we will see the Balneario de la Herradura, in the mystical and legendary Bahía de Guayacán, which in the past was a haunt for pirates.
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La Serena-Elqui Valley-Mamalluca Observatory
After our breakfast at the hotel, we will be picked up to enjoy a full day tour to the mystical, amazing and warm Elqui Valley. This one has a privileged location between the beginning of the desert to the north and vegetation to the south of Chile, here you can verify and perceive a pleasant sensation of recovery of your worn-out energies with the feverish activity of your routine and work activity in urban cities, you feel a atmosphere of warmth associated with the mystical theme and esotericism; several assure that in the interior of the valley and, specifically in Cochiguaz, is the new geomagnetic center of the Earth.
Later we will observe the Puclaro Reservoir, which has a capacity of 200 million cubic meters of water and will flood an area of 700 hectares. You can also see the domes of the Tololo Astronomical Observatory on the hill of the same name that is located in this place because it is one of the clearest skies on the planet. No less surprising are the vineyards, with different varieties of grape Moscatel and Torontel, used in the production of one of the most characteristic liquors of Chile, the Pisco, produced and bottled in this region.
The visit to a pisco plant allows us an overview of the elaboration of this transparent liquor, from the distillation of the wine. We will visit the fermentation area, the distillation, the guard room and enjoy a tasting before returning to the city of Vicuña. This city is the most important in the valley, just 60 kilometers from La Serena, it is also known for being the birthplace of the poet Gabriela Mistral, Nobel Prize for Literature.
Here we will know the Bauer tower (former city council and current symbol), its church and the parade ground. Lunch in one of the typical restaurants of the place is also included in the excursion.
Then we begin to ascend through the valley to visit the tomb of Gabriela Mistral in the town of Montegrande and the school house where she lived all her childhood and which was converted into a museum. Upon returning, we will enjoy the colors of the mountains that change constantly and the abundance of fruit trees, vegetables and vines that are grown in this place bathed in the sun's rays. Finally, we will be transferred to the Mamalluca Observatory, which is 1,200 meters above sea level and far from the light pollution of the city. Upon our arrival, the staff will give us an introduction to the stars, planets and galaxies. In small groups access is made to the 12-inch diameter electronic telescope that is installed in the small dome, or portable telescopes that are outside it to observe the stars in one of the clearest atmospheres in the world.
Return to the hotel in La Serena.
Hotel in La Serena-Airport
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport at the agreed time.