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La Serena is a Chilean city and commune in Elqui Province and capital of the Coquimbo Region. Founded in 1544, it is the country’s third oldest city after Santiago and Arica. It is located 471 km north of Santiago, and has a communal population of 190,716 (2006 projection, and 400,000 the Greater La Serena)area, the country’s fourth largest conurbation (pop. 300,000, 2002 census), which includes nearby Coquimbo. and an area of 1,892.80 km². It is one of the fastest-growing areas of Chile, witnessing a population increase of 32.6% between 1992 and 2002. It is a perfectly charming Chilean town. There is a lot to see and do nearby.
The city of is located on several oceanic terraces. One agrees the rest of the city on several small hills, fertile plaines and plains. The city divides commonly in diverse sectors. In the northern part they find the sectors of “Las Comapñias”, subdivided in two subsectors named “Compañia Alta” and Compañia Baja. In the north area Caleta San Pedro.
In the southern part they find the sectors of “La Pampa”, “San Joaquín” and the sector “El Milagro”. In the eastern part the sectors of “La Antena” are, “Juan XXIII”, “La Florida”, “Colina el Pino” and University Neighborhood. And, finally, in the western part one finds the sector of the Avenida del Mar.
The climate in the city of La Serena as like in the nearby places it is clearly segmented and by the stationary times in Summer it is characterized for having absence of presentations, but of have abundant morning cloudiness and drizzles these discipan to half a day, to give step to clear skies and hot temperatures that range between 12 and 18 grades celcius, whereas hibernate the temperatures descend to fight between 6 and 12 grades, for locate in a net coastal zone the minims and maxims not varian so much for the maritime influence and the temperature of the ocean Pacific Ocean not several of May it forms for a clear effect has Humboldt’s current that includes the zone of Atacama Region, the rainfalls which center in I hibernate specifically in June to August, they accumulate in some 120mm approximately annual in the zone in a normal year, being outlined the year 1997 where they accumulated of form esepcional in the city near 500mm.
In the last decades, the tourism has turned into some of the most important economic activities, doing that the population doubles in the summer months, principalemente for his(her,your) beaches, recreative activities, Davis Cup, musical festivals, concerts, Formulates 1, Fashion Week, in addition the city is an obligatory step of hundreds of crecueros that arrivan to Coquimbo’s city, where in The Serenade they find the place of provisional residence for vistar the zone and Valle de Elqui.
In this city there are located branches of the chains of more important multishops of the country, Mall Plaza La Serena, who contained of more importantly shops nacional Falabella and Paris, besides Mall Puerta Del Mar, props 2 exist supermarkets, supermarkets, besides regional chains, since You Multistretch The Elegant one, and shops for the home and the construction, such as, Jumbo jet, Leader, Ripley, Holy Isabel, Deca, Gentle Jonhsons, Easy and Homecenter Sodimac, also the downtown is one of the places with major economic impontacia and finaciera of the Coquimbo Region.
The old town of the city presents the only architecture in the country, dividing for being the biggest Typical Zone of Chile, adempas of being the zone of architectural and historical preservation inside an urban, more Important zone of the Country. Church stands out his with beautiful models of belfries, there being gained the title of City of the belfries.
Church Cathedral of La Serena (Historical Monument from 1981) Construction initiated by the French architect Jean Herbage, the year 1844, and dedicated in 1856. It is the biggest temple of the city, constructed in neoclassic style, measures 60 meters of extension per 20 meters of width, with 3 central bodies. Inside one finds the organ donated by the filántropa calm down Juana Ross de Edwards. The belfry dates back from the 20th century.
The beaches of the Avenida Del Mar shape one of the most crowded walks of La Serena, joining El Faro Monumental, in south direction with an extension of 6 km and adjacent with Peñuelas’s beach (Coquimbo). Even this way it is necessary to mention that the beaches of La Serena are very torrentosas and I are not used for the practice of swim. In comparison Coquimbo’s beaches like that of The Horse-shoe are very top in the calmness of his waters and in the clean of his sands.
This avenue includes 12 sections of beaches known like: The Faro, The Forts, Tame, White, The Boat, 4 Corners, The Sea-coast, The Fisherman, The Corsair, Sea horse, The Gulls and Singing of the Water. All of them except the beacon are suitable for the bath and aquatic and nautical sports. In the last years the La Serena Song Festival (created in 2004) has been acquiring nacional importance, due to the great quality of his invited artists. Also projects have approved as a new airport intenacional. also the real-estate complex door of the sea that dara a tourist – residential development to the zone of the Elqui river up to the beacon.
In the Archeologigal Museum there is the only rapa nui moai head to have toured Europe. Entry CLP$600. The nearby observatory is also open to the public. If you are around in early Spring you might be lucky enough to see the desert in bloom. It happens in occasional years and is stunning.
La Serena relies on diverse means of trasporte that they communicate the downtown with the peripheral neighborhoods and Coquimbo, such as, collective taxis, taxis and tourbus, in the exage the city was the principal railway center for passengers’ transport for this way of communication with the interior zone of Vicuña and Ovalle, nowadays the only railroad that even passes along some sectors of the city is the from one the mine of Iron El Romeral, which takes the mineral towards Guayacán’s port in Coquimbo.
Also it relies on a Terminal de Buses, that it allows the transport from La Serena to great part of the country and an Airport, with daily flights to Santiago, Antofagasta, Arica, Copiapó and other destinies. Nowadays one finds in projects the movement of the La Florida Airport to another zone near to Tongoy, Coquimbo, already for the excessive demographic exploitation of the current zone “La Florida”, where already this one airs residential very near to the airport the danger that this implies.