The name Coquimbo is derived from a native Diaguita word meaning 'place of calm waters'. In fact, Charles Darwin had noted that the town was 'remarkable for nothing but its extreme quietness'. Since then, Coquimbo has developed into a bustling port and the region's major commercial and industrial centre from which minerals, fish products and fruits are exported. Used during the colonial period as a port for La Serena, Coquimbo attracted attention from English pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who visited in 1578. View more
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Escape for a day of play at La Serena Golf Club. Considered to be one of the best courses in Chile, this 7,320 yard (6693.41 metres), par 72-course is beautifully laid-out between the dunes and the ocean.
Depart the pier in an air-conditioned mini-bus for the approximate 45-minute transfer to the golf club. Upon arrival, you notice the upscale accommodations, condominiums and sports facilities that are a part of this exclusive community.
Check in at the pro shop and secure any rental equipment you may require for play before heading out to the first tee. Meet your caddie and start your round of play on this uniquely designed course. The natural vegetation, three lagoons and the weather all combine to create this special landscape and provides a memorable golf experience.
At the end of your play enjoy a drink and a snack before you re-join the transfer for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This programme requires a minimum of 4 golfers to operate at the price noted. Programme price includes round-trip van transfer, English-speaking guide assistance, caddie, 1/2 shared cart and green fees for 18 holes. Equipment rentals are available and payable directly to the pro shop. Rental equipment requests should be given to the Shore Concierge Staff upon embarking the ship to put the reservation in on your behalf. Proper golf attire is required.
Discover the splendid beauty and history of northern Chile during this memorable half-day sightseeing tour of Vicuña and the Elqui Valley.
The Coquimbo region forms the narrowest part, or 'waist' of Chile, and is hence one of the country's more mountainous regions, as the Andes range runs closer to the sea than elsewhere.
Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral was a native of Vicuña, in the Elqui Valley, a Pisco producing area, famous for its beauty and clear skies.
Elqui Valley and Pisco Distillery
Head directly from the pier to Elqui Valley driving by the coastal road, where you will see the traditional light-house monument of the city of La Serena, and also some of its main avenues. Your first stop will be at the Pisco distillery plant, where besides touring the installation, you have the opportunity to taste this unique liquor. After this experience, the tour will proceed towards Vicuña town.
In Vicuña, visit its Main Square with its old trees in stark contrast with the aridity of the surrounding hills; the Parish Church with a pretty wooden tower erected in 1910; the Bauer Tower, a strange wood-lined metal structure made to resemble a medieval tower with battlements. It was prefabricated in 1905 at Ulm, Germany, by order of Mayor Adolfo Bauer.
Enjoy a revitalizing typical Chilean snack at a local restaurant before heading back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 0.1 miles (200 metres) over dirt pathways and uneven surfaces, with approximately 50 steps to negotiate at the distillery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the pier. The tour sequence may vary. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning. Tour duration may vary depending on traffic conditions. Tour duration may vary depending on traffic conditions.
Explore the beauty, history and culture of Coquimbo and La Serena during this picturesque sightseeing excursion. On the way into the city from the South you'll see the Cruz del Tercer Milenio (The Cross of the Third Millennium), one of Coquimbo's most impressive religious monuments. Though it is often linked to the nearby city of Coquimbo, La Serena's architecture sets it apart. The city's picturesque; colonial-style old quarter makes for an interesting visit, with buildings that offer plenty of terrific photo opportunities.
Leave the port of Coquimbo passing through the downtown area of Coquimbo to the "Third Millennium Cross", built for the birth of the new millennium. Enjoy the panoramic, 360 degree of Coquimbo city.
Continuing north towards the city of La Serena along the coastal route, the attractiveness of the ocean front has been developed with modern hotels, apartments, pubs, clubs and restaurants bordering the extensive beaches. The symbol of La Serena is the lighthouse, where a photo stop is made before proceeding along the Avenue Francisco de Aguirre, which is partly lined with replicas of classical statues. La Serena is the second oldest city in Chile after Santiago and maintains a neo-colonial Spanish style of architecture.
A stop at the picturesque craft market of "La Recova" allows time for shopping, in a colorful place where there are a variety of gifts and souvenirs made from local products especially jewelry made from the local semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli.
Finally, a panoramic view from the top of the hill of La Serena University affords a splendid opportunity for a photo stop.
Your return drive to the pier is approximately 30-minutes along the Pan American Highway.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately .25 miles (400 metres) with many steps involved and periods of standing over mostly paved surfaces. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the pier. Guests need to exercise caution while at the market as pick-pockets have been known to frequent the area. The minimum age requirement for this tour is 4 years old. The tour sequence may vary. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.
Explore Coquimbo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.
Explore Coquimbo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.
Explore the heritage and legacy of English emigrants to Coquimbo during this picturesque and informative, half-day orientation tour. A unique area with deep rooted history to the city, the neighbourhood was called "English" due to the language spoken by its first dwellers. It quickly stood out as a result of the fine housing units built here with their balconies searching for a view of the sea.
Herradura Bay, Fisherman's Village and Church
Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Herradura Bay. Upon arrival, visit the old Fisherman's Village and Guayacán Church, a unique metal structure designed in the late-19th-century at the Eiffel factory in France and former home of the world's largest copper smelting plant.
English Cemetery and Sailor's Monument Viewpoint
Next, head to the English Cemetery, the final resting-place of English pioneers and sailors that arrived in the region during the mining boom of the 1820s. During your visit, view old gravestones and crosses brought over from Europe, then re-board your coach and drive to the Sailor's Monument Viewpoint. Upon arrival, ascend 70 steps to reach the top of the hill for wonderful panoramic vistas of La Herradura Bay and surrounds.
English Neighbourhood and Fort Lambert
After a photo stop here, your drive continues on towards the Plaza de Armas en route to a walking tour of the English neighbourhood. See restored antique homes with balconies and corridors erected during the mid-19th century, and feel the ambiance of a bygone era. Your last stop is at Fort Lambert for refreshments and splendid coastal views.
At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier, or depart the coach in the port area to browse the local handicraft market and return to the ship on your own.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 766 yards (about 700 metres), at times over bumpy, uneven terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 70 steps to ascend/descent the Sailor's Monument Viewpoint. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Due to average local temperatures, coaches are not equipped with air-conditioning.