We leave the pier on drive to La Herradura Bay ('Horseshoe Bay' due to its shape) in Coquimbo, a place where stories abound about the pirates & corsairs who explored and plundered the coast, especially Francis Drake. Delight in the local legend of buried treasure near Herradura.
We continue driving north along the coast towards the city of La Serena, past sandy beaches that make this region one of Chile´s most popular summer holiday spots.
Our first stop is near 28 m (91 ft) high La Serena lighthouse, where you get the opportunity to photograph the area´s sweeping views. We then visit La Serena´s main plaza, site of the city´s founding in 1544, and walk three blocks through the high street area to visit the archaeological museum. This museum houses a genuine moai statue from Easter Island, a complete collection of artefacts from pre-Hispanic cultures including the Diaguita and Molle people. Located one block away is La Recova Market, which offers an abundance of interesting shopping opportunities including handicrafts like lapis lazuli (Chile's famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery and ceramics with Diaguita motifs, and alpaca wool.
We then walk 150 m to meet the tour bus and drive to a viewpoint of the city and bay, where we relax a spell before the return trip to the pier and ship.