La Serena

The architecture and markets like La Recova are among the highlights of the city.


La Serena is one of the loveliest and liveliest cities in Chile’s northern region. Its attractions include excellent hotel and dining options, beaches, historic tours and proximity to the Elqui and Limarí Valleys.

Though it is often linked to the nearby city of Coquimbo, La Serena’s architecture sets it apart. The city’s picturesque, colonial-style old quarter makes for an interesting visit, with buildings that offer plenty of terrific photo opportunities. Visit its Museo Arqueológico and the churches and bell towers that makes this city so distinctive, including the Cathedral, the San Agustín Convent, the Church of San Francisco (a national monument dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries), and the Church of Santo Domingo (18th century). You can wind up your tour with a visit to the Parque Japonés, the largest Japanese park in South America.

There’s not better way to discover the authentic culture and cuisine of a city than at its markets. Ask anyone in La Serena, and they’ll point you to La Recova, where you’ll find a host of products made with the area’s typical fruit, the papaya, including juice, liquor, syrup and candy. You can also buy papaya dried with sugar or the fruit in its natural form.

The beaches of La Serena are truly stupendous, with Peñuelas, El Faro, Mansa and Cuatro Esquinas offering excellent water sports. At night, Avenida del Mar becomes an epicenter of social interaction, with a variety of pubs, restaurants, bars and night clubs.

Come to La Serena. Whether you visit in summer or winter, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience.

Check more tourist information on the Chile Travel site.

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How to arrive

  • By plane: From Santiago, daily flights to La Florida Aerodrome in La Serena (1 hour).
  • By bus: From Santiago, buses leave from Terminal Los Heroes (Phone: 56 2 420 00 99) and Terminal San Borja (former North Terminal Phone: 56 2 776 06 45). From Coquimbo and La Serena buses depart inland towards Ovalle, Monte Patria, Pisco Elqui and Vicuña.
  • By car: From Santiago by Ruta 5 Norte (470 km).