Hotel La Serena Plaza
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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Travel Blogs from La Serena
... whilst we had been star gazing), surrounded by its rings and accompanied by its moon Titan. He even showed us the faint discs of spiral galaxies, the most distant objects that this kind of telescope can pick up. The night was a cool one in the Elqui Valley and despite the blanket around our shoulders, we were still pretty chilly. A hot shower was in order when we got back to our room. However, the experience exploring the night skies with Mario was an wonderful one and a true ...
... with larger vistas and more cacti. The cacti are quite pretty - not as large as saguaros but nicely shaped and covered with prickles. The way back I felt a bit more secure driving and not quite so anxious about stalling the car on a big hill or falling off the sides of the hills - since there weren't guard rails on all the corners.
We drove back to La Serena in good time. We had a bit of a difficulty getting onto our street because ...
Vicuna was much was La Serena but smaller. Nice place with a little buzz but not a whole lot to hold you here. I arrived in the evening and immediately hoped on an astronomy tour which took place at an observatory, Observatorio Cerro Mamalluca) just outside the town up the valley which was the must-do thing in the area (complete with backpack and all). It was good and we spent about and hour and ...
... top notch and informative. No one else expressed any interest in stopping at it for an hour, though, so we continued on after Yves exchanged some money into Chilean Pesos. Ecuador uses the US Dollar as official currency, in Peru most things can be paid for in US Dollars at a poorer exchange rate, Argentines horde US Dollars as a hedge against their worsening inflation and likely peso devaluation, but in Chile trying to pay for things in US Dollars ...
... saying Europeans aren't as interesting as South Americans, but it makes a nice change and its a good way of getting to know more about where we are. Even just sat in our hostel with two guys from Chile and one from Ecuador listening to them speak and learning about their culture was really cool. I think it will only get more and more interesting once we hit the less developed countries, the first of which will be Bolivia. We are psychologically preparing ourselves for ...