Hostal Las Luces
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHostal Las Luces La Serena
We ended up staying here because the hostel we'd wanted to stay at was booked up and this one was on the same street. The family that run this hostel are lovely, so friendly and because it has family run it has a really homely feel to it. The rooms, communal areas and bathrooms were very clean but the kitchen often felt grubby. The decor looked as though it could do with a bit of a spruce up. Our room did have a TV which was a nice touch. Gardens were lovely and full of flowers! There's not much nearby except the bus station which is really close. Its about a 15 min walk to the supermarket, 15 min walk to the town centre and 25 min walk to the beach.
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From Iquique to La Serena we had the longest bus journey yet, 20 hours! We thought that as the journey was so long, we'd try get the 180 degree reclining seats but after some research scrapped that idea as it would've cost £100! We got the regular semi cama seats instead and left at 8pm. After a film and a sleeping pill, we managed to sleep …
The time eventually came for me to move on from the rainy southern bits of Chile and venture up north to the drier desert region. The first stop was La Serena.
I left Santiago on Saturday 21 June after having spent a wonderful evening with friend and fellow South African, Linda van Niekerk, who lives and works in Santiago. It was an 8 hour bus ride to La Serena.
La Serena and Surroundings
I made the stupid mistake of getting off ...
... are quite nice. That’s why the following day I joined a tour that took me to Parque de Humbodt y Pinguinos, a marine National Park, about 2 hours drive north of La Serena.
Given the name of the National Park, I was obviously expecting to see penguins. Nevertheless, on and around Damas Island I was also able to spot a variety of other birds such as some big pelicans, cormorants and vultures. But that was not ...
... was a little difficult. However, we ended up in a nice café called Donde Nandos! We sat in the open frontage and ordered individually drinks and sandwiches/burgers. It became clear that they were not set up for such a number as the folks serving us made each dish from scratch. It took about two hours to get everyone served! There was some meltdown with folks getting a little ratty but we had a nice local artisan beer to ...
Originally La Serena was not meant to be a stopping point on my travels. However after a 19 hour ride it was definately needed. I spent a couple of days just chilling and wondering around, seeing a few churches and the lighthouse and generally not doing much. It was a nice city however, bustling yet not too big and crowded and like everywhere else in Chile, suprisingly modern - it is, especially the towns, incredibly westernised and ...