Coquimbo (La Serena), Chile
Scenes of La Serena & Elqui Valley
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 7½ -8 hours
Travel by motor coach to the beautiful Pacific Ocean resort town of La Herradura on Guayacan Bay. From there it's just a short distance to La Serena -- a city of beaches, hotels and restaurants.
Leave the coach for a short stroll that brings you to the La Recova handicraft market. This is your chance to find a few fun and interesting souvenirs.
You'll re-board the coach for a ride to the Elqui Valley, whose geography is quite unique in all the world. This narrow valley is a fertile strip of land in the middle of a desert plateau, irrigated by the Elqui River. Typical Andean villages such as Algarrobito, El Molle and El Tambo line your route.
You'll stop in picturesque Vicuña village, just 40 miles from La Serena, where literary Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral was born. Lunch is served in a local restaurant and you'll have some time to visit the main square, Bauer Tower (the old City Hall) and Vicuña's church.
Finally, you'll visit a Pisco distillery and factory to learn about the making of Pisco wine (the national beverage) and to taste the product. Return to Coquimbo pier in the late afternoon.
This tour is available only on select sailings and is dependent upon time in port