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Chile: La Serena
26 Feb 2014

La Serena is a mix of old colonial and beach town, with massive beaches as far as the eye can see about a fifteen minute walk from the edge of town.

We arrived early in the morning and every establishment was closed - it felt like a ghost town. We eventually found the hostel we were looking for but nobody answered the bell when we rang. We waited.

After about an hour somebody finally came to the door and we were welcomed in. Sadly they were remarkably expensive, so we asked if there was anywhere else they could recommend we stay.

A 15 minute cab ride later we were in the middle of nowhere. We decided we didn’t want to stay in the middle of nowhere and had the cabby drive us back to town where we went back to a hole-in-the-wall house that a lady was renting rooms in.


Feb 26, 2014

from Copiapó‎, Chile


Feb 28, 2014

to Valparaíso, Chile

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: La Serena, Chile

Friday, February 21, 2014 20:31

From laurensluggage:

La Serena is another lovely beach town , with a population of about 150,000. We ended up staying three nights and two days and in that time strolled along the beach, had a look at the Chinese garden, the Arqueologico museum and the zoo in the local park and generally just wandered around the streets. It was a really nice town and the weather was great while we were there, so we spent quite a bit of time just lazing around in the sun.


  • Bahia del Elki about an hour by bus from town. Neef to staybthere.

Getting Out


  • Bus times are 1:10AM-8AM, 6:20AM-1PM, 11:40AM-7:30PM. Prices are 11,500/19,900 for semi/salon cama respectively.


El Hibisco

El Arbol

  • 91% hostelworld
  • 1 tripadvisor

  • 9500 for dorms 18000 privates

El Punto

  • 2 on tripadvisor

Aji Verde Hostel

  • 86% hostelworld
  • 9000 for dorms 22000 for privates

Below 80%

  • Hostal Balmaceda 79% (#4 on tripadvisor)
  • Andes hostal Serena Centro 75%
  • Backpackers La Serena 71%

Bussing from Copiapó to La Serena

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 00:13
12:09AMOn the bus.
12:23AMOn our way.
Total bus time4:26

Random Hospidaje

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 14:24

Where we’re staying.

La Escalera

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 16:26

Grabbing quick food before we have to buy our Burning Man tickets.

Jack Fish Sushi

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 22:43

Pretty good sushi for $20. Really strong wasabi! Pretty much everything has cheese.


Thursday, February 27, 2014 14:22

Here for some tasty organic noms. They were really good and reasonably-priced to boot!

Japanese-ish Gardens

Thursday, February 27, 2014 16:17

Washed up on the Beach

Thursday, February 27, 2014 17:51

Thursday, February 27, 2014 20:16

Cafetería Poisson

Thursday, February 27, 2014 21:50

Really expensive decent wraps and milkshakes.

La Picá de la Flo

Friday, February 28, 2014 18:21

Really tasty and cheap burgers.

Sibarita's Restaurant

Friday, February 28, 2014 22:09

Shitty hotdogs that are mostly mayo. Cheap though at 900.

Friday, February 28, 2014 22:14

Telepizza menu #1

Friday, February 28, 2014 22:22

Telepizza menu #2

Friday, February 28, 2014 22:22


Friday, February 28, 2014 22:25

Attempting to find decent food.

Bussing from La Serena to Valparaiso

Friday, February 28, 2014 23:49
11:16PMAt the bus terminal.
11:50PMOur bus didn’t show up (turbus).
11:59PMGot moved to a new bus.
12:03AMOn our way.
6:25AMIn Santiago.
7:03AMHad a muffin for breakfast.
7:28AMBoarded the Valparaiso bus.
7:33AMOn our way.
9:29AMIn a cab.
10:07AMChecking in to Hostal Casa Valparaiso.
Total bus time8:07


Feb 26, 2014

from Copiapó‎, Chile


Feb 28, 2014

to Valparaíso, Chile