Coquimbo and La Serena
Enjoy a tour of Coquimbo, La Serena, and the Archeological Museum.
Included in your cruise
Level 2: Easy
We recommend that guests wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and hiking shoes, and to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
We will drive from the pier to La Herradura Bay (‘Horseshoe Bay’) in Coquimbo. Stories abound of the pirates and corsairs who explored and plundered the coast, especially Francis Drake. This has spawned legends of buried treasure near the Herradura. We continue northward along the coast toward La Serena. This city features 4.4 miles of nice beaches, making it one of the most popular during summer vacation.
We continue northward along the coast toward La Serena. This city features 4.4 miles of nice beaches, making it one of the most popular ones during summer vacations. The first stop will be near the lighthouse, standing 91 feet high, built in 1951 as a symbol of the city. It is one of the most emblematic points of the city, where you can take photos of the beaches and the lighthouse.
The city was re-founded in 1549 with the main plaza as its center. We will start a little walk here (about 3 blocks) through downtown commercial streets to visit the Archeological Museum. This museum is located in a building from 1945, but the stone doorway dates back to 1820. It houses a genuine moai statue from Easter Island, the most complete collection of artifacts of regional pre-Spanish cultures, and an extensive display of artifacts from the Diaguita and Molle cultures. Located only one block away is the La Recova Market, set in a picturesque patio. This market offers a range of shopping opportunities, including handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile's famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery, and ceramics with Diaguita motifs. Of course, you will also find alpaca wool items. We will walk up around 500 feet to join the tour bus and drive to a viewpoint over the city and bay. You will have some free time to enjoy the view and take some photos. We will then drive back to the pier and re-join the ship.
Remarks/requirements: We recommend that guests wear comfortable, lightweight clothing and hiking shoes, and to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.
Walking information: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately half a mile over dirt pathways and uneven surfaces in some places, as well as some steps at the museum.