Top things to do

Top Choice Seafood in La Serena


An excellent beachfront location, art-covered walls and a smooth soundtrack are the foundations for this laid-back but elegant seafood restaurant. Good value set lunches, a wide menu and carefully prepared sushi pla…
Chilean in La Serena

Daniela II

Cheerful local favorite serving hearty portions of Chilean comfort food. It gets packed at lunchtime, when set menus start at CH$1500.
Parrilla in La Serena

Donde El Guatón

El Guatón prepares sizzling parrilladas (grilled meats) right before your hungry eyes. The characterful dining area is hung with flowers and chandeliers made from old bicycle wheels. The weekday set lunch menu is gr…
Church in La Serena

Iglesia Catedral

The handsome neoclassical Iglesia Catedral dates from 1844; it also has a sobering museum of religious art.
Museum in La Serena

Museo Arqueológico

Inside a crescent-shaped building with a leafy patio, this museum makes an ambitious attempt to corral Chile's pre-Columbian past. Its highlights include an Atacameña mummy, a hefty 2.5m-high moai (large anthropomor…
Science in La Serena

Observatorio Turístico Collowara

This shiny new observatory is built for tourists; no serious interstellar research is conducted here, but the facility boasts a 40cm telescope for stargazing. Book at the ticket office in nearby Andacollo, and inqui…
Museum in La Serena

Museo Histórico Casa Gabriel González Videla

Although richly stocked with general historical artifacts, this two-story museum in an 18th-century mansion concentrates on one of La Serena's best-known (and most controversial) sons. González Videla was Chile's pr…
Park in La Serena

Parque Japones Kokoro No Niwa

With its trickling brooks, drifting swans and neatly manicured rock gardens, this Japanese garden makes a good escape from the city bustle.
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Supermercado Santa Isabel

Large supermarket to satisfy all self-catering needs.
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Mercado La Recova

Head here for a feast of dried fruits, multicolored jams and other sugary concoctions from the Elqui Valley. There are also plenty of woolens, soapstone ashtrays and musical instruments on offer.