I almost feel like we had a one-of-a-kind experience in Coquimbo. We took Princess' Tololo Observatory tour, an absolute highlight of our cruise. Apparently, not many groups get to visit and actually see the 4 meter telescope, located on an 8,000+ foot high, desert mountaintop. I believe it's the largest in the southern hemisphere and is conducting research on the origins of our galaxy, among other things. Remember if you're lucky enough to visit, that you get to see the telescope, not see *through* the telescope. And remember the altitude. One member of our little group needed help with altitude sickness.
Visited: Jan 23, 2018
Very big and commercial port. Took excursion to Coquimbo to see some history of the city. Nice "Light House" on the beach, and very big "CROSS", on top of the mountain, can be seen from everywhere.
Industrial port, nothing to see or do, could not find an excursion other than city tour so we did not do excursion,
Book excursion outside cruise terminal because it's very cheap for the same thing.
Visited: Dec 03, 2017
climbed to the cross and walked down one of the zig zags. Enjoyed the town. Great wines - so find a place to partake!
Visited: Dec 07, 2018
We took the tour to the Elqui Valley and a town named Vicuna. It was enjoyable.
Visited: Feb 17, 2018
Private Horseback Ride in Elqui Valley
Visited: Mar 17, 2013
Nice, lazy day for walking - taxied into town for the day- that was a good relaxation after LIma.
Visited: Dec 04, 2018
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