An intellectual city boasting numerous archaeological museums and astronomical observatories, La Serena is the ideal destination for any keenly curious traveler. It is also the second oldest city of Chile, and flaunts an expansive stretch of a golden shoreline that is perfect for marine activities like snorkeling, surfing and sport fishing. Visit the El Faro beach, home to the iconic and monumental Faro lighthouse. La Serena is also blessed with marvelous architecture that showcases the colonial and neo-colonial era through its grandiose plazas and stone buildings. Visit the historic Archaeological Museum that exhibits pre-Hispanic pottery and one of the giant moai statues from Easter Island. Explore downtown La Serena or Elqui Valley on a bike and hike the nearby Fray Jorge National park.