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.
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.
|12:09AM||On the bus.|
|12:23AM||On our way.|
|Total bus time||4:26|
Where we’re staying.
Grabbing quick food before we have to buy our Burning Man tickets.
Pretty good sushi for $20. Really strong wasabi! Pretty much everything has cheese.
Here for some tasty organic noms. They were really good and reasonably-priced to boot!
Really expensive decent wraps and milkshakes.
Really tasty and cheap burgers.
Shitty hotdogs that are mostly mayo. Cheap though at 900.
Attempting to find decent food.
|11:16PM||At the bus terminal.|
|11:50PM||Our bus didn’t show up (turbus).|
|11:59PM||Got moved to a new bus.|
|12:03AM||On our way.|
|7:03AM||Had a muffin for breakfast.|
|7:28AM||Boarded the Valparaiso bus.|
|7:33AM||On our way.|
|9:29AM||In a cab.|
|10:07AM||Checking in to Hostal Casa Valparaiso.|
|Total bus time||8:07|