La Serena School
Talinay Adventure Expeditions
Good choice for adventure tours, from kayaking, mountain biking and horseback riding to diving, trekking and rock climbing.
Tribunales was built as a result of González Videla’s Plan Serena.
The handsome neoclassical Iglesia Catedral dates from 1844; it also has a sobering museum of religious art.
This darkly lit small corner tavern plays contemporary rock and pop and draws in a slightly older crowd for its low-key vibe.
Oversized glass-and-plastic coated coffee shop serving java and offering 2-for-1 drinks from 4pm daily.
Lonely Planet review
This institution offers Spanish courses (CH$24,000 for 2½ hours of instruction with a minimum of 10 classes) and homestays (CH$105,000 per week with breakfast and dinner).