La Serena

This weekend, we took a trip to the comuna La Serena for a little cultural enrichment. A quick rundown of the trip itinerary (click on each day for a more detailed description and some photos):

Friday: Valle de Elqui–meeting in Paihuano municipio to learn a bit about the region and the local government; visit to the country’s top artisan pisquería (where they make pisco, the national liquor of Chile); visit to Gabriela Mistral’s birth home; stargazing at the Mamelluca observatory (the skies in northern Chile are some of the cleanest in the world, so a ton of astronomical research is done here).

Saturday: Los Choros–Reserva Nacional Pingüinos de Humboldt/Piñera visit; free time in La Serena

Sunday: La Serena/Coquimbo–trip to the artisan market and fish market in Coquimbo, where I bought the TASTIEST shellfish ceviche I’ve ever eaten (so fresh!!!); free time on the beach

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