I’m way behind in posting regarding my trip in October, and I return to Canada in 3 days. I lost over half my photos of La Serena, and all my photos of the Elqui Valley, and it took me ages to recover these. With a few exceptions, I’m just posting photos without captions.
The memorial in La Serena, Region IV, to people jailed, tortured, murdered, or “disappeared” during Pinochet’s rule.
I’m aghast that Chuck E Cheese’s is such a THING in Chile…
Lunch: pastel de jaiba, crab and cheese pie.
The view from the restaurant.
Lots of “malls” in Chile are gallerias — an enclosed passage in between or even inside office buildings with shops on either side. It was a holiday, so this one was closed.
Path–down the middle of the highway!–to the beach.
The Faro — lighthouse of La Serena.
Sadly there was no information up anywhere about the lighthouse — how old it is, what it’s built with…
…this, unfortunately in its lack of maintenance. I don’t know if the cracks are normal wear and tear, or earthquake damage, or both.
Always incredible to witness the ocean, no matter what.
Iglesia Santo Domingo. La Serena is FULL of beautiful churches. It was exactly halfway on the route for missionaries travelling between Santiago and the Viceroy of Peru, so La Serna was their way station.
Iglesia San Francisco. The only church not have its insides completely burnt by an attack by the pirate Captain Sharp in 1680.