La Serena is an attractive city and is the capital of it`s region. It has a fairly modern feel and is nice enough to just stroll around the streets and plazas.
We only two days in La Serena and the first was spent wandering around and seeing the sites. On the second day we decided to take a trip to the Elqui valley and took a collectivo taxi to Vicuna. The valley was nice and the town of Vicuna is also pleasant. We ate lunch in the main square (some freshly prepared sandwiches !) and then made our way to the Capel pisco distillery. We had a tour around and then had a little tasting ! We then returned to Vicuna and caught a bus back to La Serena. After a quick look around the local shopping mall we made our way to the bus station for another night bus to Santiago where we were meeting Matt who was flying over from England.
Hostal Croata - Nice little place, rooms are cosy and includes breakfast (and cable tv). 13000 Chilean Pesos.