Coquimbo is near the northern city of La Serena and one of Chile's regional capitals. It lies between the Atacama Desert and the central valley, rich in agriculture and is an important distribution centre for fruit from the Elqui Valley. Some of the elaborate woodwork handcrafted on the buildings here by early British and American settlers still remains and these wooden buildings are among Chile's most interesting historical structures. From here you can visit La Serena (cathedral, churches and museums), the mountain-top Tololo Observatory and the attractive Elqui Valley (orchards, vineyards, mines and cochineal factories). By boat visit Isla Pajaros, to view the colonies of cormorants, boobies and Magellanic penguins that reside there.
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