Tour Agua Negra Pass
Amidst the untouched wildness of the Andes lays the Paso Agua Negra (Agua Negra Pass), a frontier pass parting Chile and our neighbour Argentina. This unique encounter will certainly impress you with its spectacular views.
Enjoy the "Laguna", a lake situated at incredible 3.300 m and the colourful rock formation "La Colorada" deep in the mountain range. The frontier pass is one of the most beautiful spots in Chile and South America. An incomparable experience!
Important: As the excursion to the Agua Negra Pass will take you up to more than 4.700 m, we recommend a two day trip. This will give you the chance to get used to the altitude and avoid potential side effects.
Reserva Natural Santa Gracia
Wild parrots and loads of cacti- located somewhat hidden in the North of La Serena (about 40 km) you can find the nature reserve Santa Gracia. As a retreat or hideaway for one with extinction threatened kind of Chilean parrots it has become a real insiders´ tip for bird lovers.
Not only is the park inhabited by parrots, you can find a multitude of foxes, yacas and a lot of different kinds of cacti like the well-known so-called “mother-in-law's cushion”.
Not far from La Serena, an excursion to a quartz mine offers a great trip for the mornings. You can explore the interesting mine with a guide high up in the mountains and enjoy a typical Chilean lunch in an idyllic village nearby afterwards.
Gran Observatorio Solar de Chile
The clear sky in our region does not only give a great view of the night sky but additionally provides the possibility to watch the sun during the day in Vicuña (about 60 km from La Serena). A truly unique alternative to star-gazing!
Traces of the native population of Chile can be found in the valley “Rio Hurtado”. Only a couple kilometers in the West of the Elqui Valley you can visit one of the best preserved ceremonial sites of the indigenous culture of Chile. More than 40 rock paintings reveal the interesting culture of the Diaguitas. The uncountable long country roads through the green valley invite especially horse lovers to explore the countryside.
An exciting discovery of unique history and stunning nature!
La Serena’s ideal location directly next to the beach does not only allow a beach day relaxing in the sand but is also home to some surf schools and great waves. Those schools offer day trips, single classes with your own instructor or just renting the surfing equipment. Good vibes!
Suggestion: Want to try something different? Windsurfing and kitesurfing is offered at the dam lake Puclaro as well.
Price: Ask at reception
Pick-up: at the hostel
Recommendations: La Serena is a great city to explore by bike. From the local handcrafting market “La Recova” to the Japanese garden- everything is easily accessible. Furthermore, the beach promenade invites you to a relaxed trip with a great view from La Serena to the harbor of Coquimbo.