Welcome to Norte Chico

Wildlife lovers won't want to miss the playful penguins of Reserva Nacional Pingüino de Humboldt and Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar. And high in the Andes, the seldom-visited Parque Nacional Nevado Tres Cruces is a great place to spot vicuña and flamingos. Despite its diminutive moniker, the Little North is actually quite a bit bigger than most people expect.

Top experiences in Norte Chico

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Norte Chico activities

$98.50 Private & Custom Tours

La Serena and Coquimbo Private City Tour Including Lunch

Departure from the port of Coquimbo around 8:30am. The Tour starts at the Civic Center of the city of La Serena, where you'll visit the most interesting places such as the Plaza de Armas, important churches built of stone, the Recova craft center and the Archaeological Museum.Afterwards, you'll drive along the av. Francisco de Aguirre, the main route of entry to the city, to the Japanese Garden and then to La Serena Lighthouse, built between 1951 and 1953. The Av. Del Mar, which is the coastal road connecting between La Serena and Coquimbo. It will lead us to the port, to visit the city, the English Quarter with its old mansions of the early nineteenth century. Then we will go to Mirador del Fuerte Lambert, a true relic, observation point for the defense of the port, built during the second half of the seventeenth century.Then, stop for lunch before continuing the journey to the Cross of the Third Millennium, a memorial to the Christian faith. The final stop is a visit to Guayacan, a sector which during the nineteenth century revolved around the work of copper smelting. Famous sites here include the Church Sector, a Catholic church designed by Eiffel and the bay of La Herradura.

$63 Day Trips & Excursions

Elqui Valley Tour from La Serena

Your day begins with an 8:30am pickup from your centrally located La Serena or Coquimbo hotel. Greet your guide, board the vehicle, and settle in for a journey of about two hours to Cochiguaz, in the Elqui Valley.After learning why some people call Cochiguaz teh world's new geomagnetic center, and exploring a little of its new-age culture, pay a visit to a pisco production plant. Discover how Chile's national drink is made and enjoy a tasting before returning on road that leads to Vicuña.Stroll through Vicuña as your guide explains how it is the most important town in the valley and also the hometown of the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Gabriela Mistral. There is also time to admire the Baüer Tower, main square, and church. Next, it's time for lunch in a typically Chilean restaurant (included). After lunch, descend into the valley to visit the tomb of Gabriela Mistral and her childhood school-house. Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at your hotel at around 6:30pm.Please note: A minimum of three people per booking is required.

$80 Tours & Sightseeing

Mamalluca Observatory Including Transfers

The observatory itself has a dome in which an electronic telescope makes the observation possible for you to enjoy a pleasant night contemplation of the stars. Some pictures will be displayed and at the same time a instructive talk about the Southern Hemisphere Star , in a nice and friendly atmosphere all the people will be encouraged by the astronomy of Galileo. After this talk , the night observation of stars, planets, galaxies will be carried out.The southern hemisphere is essentially important for the astronomy, that´s why four of the most advanced and best observatories are located in this mountains region of Coquimbo .Tololo, Pachon, La Silla, La Campana. Lastly we return to La Serena after having enjoyed two hour of astronomical observations.

$11.50 Transfers & Ground Transport

La Serena One-Way Transfer

One-way transfer service in La Serena city. If you don't know how to arrive to your hotel into the city, this service will secure you that someone will be waiting for you on your arrival at the airport and take you to your accommodation.This service can be also arranged from your hotel in La Serena to the Airport or even from the Bus Station to your hotel or vice-versa. Select the best option for you, and we will be there to transfer you to your destination. The duration of the service is around 30 minutes.You must send us your arrival and departure airline or station information to confirm your services.

$87 Day Trips & Excursions

Isla Damas and Punta Choros from La Serena

We'll be able to see, from the road, a common dense glaze called “Camanchaca”. A phenomena occurring just some months a year, is the “full of flowers dessert”. If we are lucky we will appreciate it. After traveling 122 kilometers, we arrive at Los Choros Fishermen´s wharf, a natural viewpoint to see Gaviota, Choro and Damas Islands. We will board a motor launch leading us to Humboldt Penguins National Reserve, which is part of this area. On our way to the National Reserve we will see the “bottle-nose shaped” dolphins making jumps and pirouettes! We'll disembark from the motor launch in Damas Islands to appreciate its white sand beaches. Return to the coast and enjoy lunch consisting on seafood in a typical restaurant. Return to La Serena accompanied by a spectacular sunset in the background.


South America Cruise - Ushuaia to Cartagena

The western coast of South America is stunning, as the landscape changes drastically from region to region. This 38-day cruise will find you exploring the best of the west coast aboard the G Expedition. Begin this incredible journey at the end of the earth in Ushuaia where you’ll sail north through incredible fjords and past glaciers before heading on up to the Caribbean coast in search of tropical islands hugged by turquoise waters. Everything South America is here: explore Machu Picchu, get lost inside the Darien Jungle, ride through the Panama Canal, and loads more. Prepare yourself for an adventure that will leave you with moments you’ll cherish forever.

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