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May 22, 2007 - La Serena

We arrived in La Serena at 5am after a 13 hour nitebus and 4 hours before that bus we spent 5 hours on another bus. Its a beach town and we have 2 days here. Spending most of the time walking around the town as its been a while since we were in a town that has shops and a big shopping plaza. The beach is 3kms away. Its winter here now so its alot cooler at nite.

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Kevin and Catherine

Apr 7, 2007 - Coquimbo

One day is certainly not enough time to see Valparaíso. But I didn't have more time as I was already running behind schedule and I had to get to La Serena or better a village just before La Serena, Coquimbo, to visit Manuel and Raul, my room mates from the hostel in BsAs. I had booked a bus that left Valparaiso at midday, so I was gonna arrive at Coquimbo at around 7pm. After check out I took a bus to the bus terminal. There I boarded my bus smoothly and as there were not many people on the bus that day, I was upgraded to executive. I...

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Mar 17, 2007 - La Serena, Coqumbo Region, Chile

Saturday 17th March 2007 Around seven hours drive north of Valparaiso, La Serena is an attractive city in the Coquimbo region of Chile, which enjoys a tropical climate, and 300 days of sunshine each year. Since leaving Valparaiso, we saw the scenery change quite dramatically. The land is now quite barren with only low shrubs and cactus sprouting up from the sandy soil and able to survive the strong winds blowing in from the coast to the west. It is still a mountainous landscape, and there are some lush valleys, where you can stop along the...

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Feb 23, 2007 - Santiago, Chile

Tis one of the bizarre facts of living on a round planet, with a median line set in London, that even though the flight lasted for 11 hours, we actually landed in Chile 6 hours before we left New Zealand. We got 18 hours younger, which is nice. Santiago is a splendid old Spanish colonial city, although we didn't get to spend too much time there. Wide boulevards, dozens of wandering minstrals plucking at guitars, great cafe's, and beautiful women, all in the shadow of the nearby Andes. It could almost be one of the more scenic locations in...

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Fuzz & Phil Run Away

Jan 24, 2007 - Pisco country

Now we're back down the middle of Chile after taking a nightbus. Elqui Valley is the home of the Pisco liqour production of Chile. Pisco Sour is the national drink-a delicious mix of Pisco, lemon or lime, sugar and egg white.The place we're staying in was renamed after the stuff- Pisco Elqui. It's a little hippy place with a nice campsite by a river. Its supposed to be the UFO sighting centre of Chile. We'll discover if this is more to do with the imbibing of the local spirit late at night when we visit the brewery later. Later..... Ah...

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Jan 12, 2007 - La Serena reunion !

I loved being back in La Serena. It's such a beautiful city with a loooooooooooooooong beach!!! It's quite a lot different than Vina del Mar, because it has more of a "city feel" rather than a "resort feel". The last time I was here I didn't really have the chance to meet any of the people I knew from here because they were all somewhere else at that time, though I actually DID meet Rodrigo in 2001 in Vina del Mar, because he was studying there at the time. But now it was up for a change. The theme of the visit to La Serena was sort of...

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Jan 10, 2007 - La Serena, Chile

La Serena is a beach resort about seven hours north of Santiago and we chose it as the next destination to visit with Charlie and Scott so we could all have a bit of R&R. We were staying on a beach which stretched seemingly endlessly and it was a great location to take some time to just chill out. We weren't completely lazy though and we took some fantastic day trips into the surrounding countryside. We also found that although we were staying in a holiday destination, there weren't many international visitors so we were still getting a...

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Dec 9, 2006 - La Serena

La Serena was definately civilisation. It even had a shopping centre - where beer can be enjoyed in the most surprising of vessels... However, Rio, Sydney, Bora-Bora and Blackpool can sleep easy at night. La Serena is not about to take the world by storm and become the must-see seaside destination of the world 2007. However, this Chillian town will always hold a special place in my heart. Cinemark, La Serena joined the Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City and Swiss Cottage Odeon, London as the locations in which Bunker, David Bunker,...

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Takeaway Tales

Dec 3, 2006 - La Serena and the Elqui Valley

We took the overnight bus to La Serena from Santiago, arriving at 6am. Took the Cama class which is sort of like business class on a plane. The seats are about the same size and recline almost flat. But all the buses in Chile are pretty comfortable and efficient. It's the best way to get around the country and the bus industry must be one of the biggest employers in the country. Every town has a bus terminal which is invariably a hive of activity. La Serena is a mid-sized town with a few nice plazas and a huge beach. The beach area is a bit...

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Oct 7, 2006 - Santiago

Santiago is an easy city to explore as the architecture is a beautiful old Spanish colonial style, the streets are clearly marked, the subway system is clean and safe and finally, there is so much to see. After our success at the races, we moved to the teleforica for its scenic vista. Part tram, part gondola, our trip was to the top of one of the smaller mountains surrounding the valley in which Santiago sits. The Santiago weathermen were kind enough to order a clear day for us allowing a rare panoramic view. Breathtaking! A highlight for...

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Sep 7, 2006 - La Serena

From Iquique, I took the 18 hour bus journey all the way down to La Serena - seriously, when I left I was wondering how I would cope with a 13 hour flight, but that will seem like nothing after some of the journeys I've been doing! La Serena is Chile's second oldest city, and so makes a very nice place to be, with all its old buildings and squares. The roads are odd though, in that the ones in the centre have the same crazy paving as the pedestrianised streets making it very easy to step out in front of cars! One of the roads out of the...

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Geraint's World Trip

May 28, 2006 - CHILE: Valparaiso

Just a few days stop in this port city, 2 hours from Santiago. Valparasio has a lovely feel to it, and was just what I needed, a few days of chilling out. I stayed in the historic centre, which has brightly coloured buildings. Reminded me a little of Boca in Buenos Aires. The room was pricey at $US16. OK, free internet and breakfast included, so not as bad. I decided to make the most of the internet! No time limit was stated I might add. The land-lady was not amused after my 6 hour internet stint (lots of catching up to do!!). We had an...

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