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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Balmaceda La Serena
Good location in between the city centre and bus station. Very clean. Really comfortable, modern, en-suite double room. Good breakfast. Pleasant patio common area. Given your own key for the front door...generally felt very secure.
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... down to make it 40% proof, with minimal flavour that we could decipher, its rocket fuel. However they did mix it with some nice flavourings to make tasty fruit liquors, we ended up buying a couple of these.
We then continued further up the Elqui Valley taking in the fantastic views along the way. We were both fascinated by the difference between the lush green farm land and baron dry desert which would change from one side of the road to the other. The Cavas del Valle winery ...
... beach things and spent a few hours people watching and waiting for the sun to set. We enjoyed a lovely evening meal, a few drinks with some of the other guests in the hostel and had an early night ready for the morning when we would be up early to catch the bus to Santiago, then onwards to one of the smaller town a bit further South. Not quite sure where we are heading yet, but see you there!!
... of the local cactus - copai - and something else that started with 'f' that was another local fruit. It was very good. We bought some lovely goat cheese at a local artisan's shop and then we finally stopped at the cafe next door (Cafe de Frida, Gabriela Mistral No 683). Oh, we also checked out the craft booths along the Plaza de Armas. We had some quesadillas with pisco sours at the cafe next door. Very nice.
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Everything was closed and there were fondas (parties) happening everywhere, including street markets and performances of the Chilean national dance, which just looks like skipping around waving a hanky in the air to me, but is supposed to be based on a chicken mating ritual. Incredibly, our tour to Islas Damas was the only thing actually running. Finally! Hello penguins, dolphins, sea otters, stinky sea lions, white beaches and turquoise waters.
... capital of the Coquimbo Region. Founded in 1544, it is the country's second oldest city after the national capital, Santiago. It is located 471 km (293 mi) to the south. The city is an important tourist destination, especially during the summer, where people go to visit the beaches. According to locals, the population almost doubles in the summer months. La Serena is one of the most well developed cities in Chile and manages to combine a ...