El Norte Chico Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in El Norte Chico - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Iglesia Catedral

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The largest church in La Serena, this imposing cathedral faces the beautiful Plaza de Armas and is open to the public. French architect...

Iglesia San Francisco

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One of La Serena's oldest churches, Iglesia San Francisco has a Baroque facade and thick stone walls. The exact date of the church's...

Iglesia Santo Domingo

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This impressive church was built in 1673 and then rebuilt after a pirate attack in 1755. Its Italian Renaissance–style facade is eye-catching...

La Herradura

  • Beach–Sight

Well-sheltered within a small cove, La Herradura—or The Horseshoe—is a small but attractive beach, which enjoys calm waters and lies...

Memorial en Homenaje a los Detenidos Desaparecidos y Ejecutados Políticos de la IV Región

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A reminder of Chile's recent tragic past—a troubled and frightening era—the Memorial to the Disappeared Prisoners and Executed Politicians...

Museo Arqueológico de La Serena

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Housing many fascinating artifacts—including an impressive collection of Diaguita pottery—this museum is a must-see for anyone interested...

Museo Histórico Gabriel González Videla

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The former president's home has exhibits about him as well as works by Chilean artists. ...

Museo Mineralógico

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One of the most complete mineral collections in the world is on display here. Exhibits highlight fossils and minerals from the surrounding...

Parque Japonés

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A Japanese garden in the heart of Latin America, this park is a pleasant place to pass an afternoon. Here you will find koi-filled ponds,...

Playa Peñuelas

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Stretching along the city’s coastline up until neighboring Coquimbo, this sandy city beach is La Serena’s star attraction and a popular...