Chile La Serena and Elqui Valley

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When's the best time to visit La Serena and Elqui Valley?

Any rain falls in winter, May - Aug, when it’s cool and there are fewer sunshine hours. There are many Chilean and Argentine tourists visiting La Serena in Jan - Feb.

For more detailed information visit our When To Go section.

What's the official language in La Serena and Elqui Valley?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in La Serena and Elqui Valley?

Chilean Peso.  Notes can be withdrawn from ATMs in La Serena using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. There are also some money exchanges (casas de cambio) where you exchange US dollars cash.

What's the time difference between La Serena and Elqui Valley and UK?

GMT -4 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, from Sep/Oct to early Mar.

What places combine well with La Serena and Elqui Valley?

San Pedro de Atacama, 1.5 hours by air from La Serena to Calama then 2 hours by road.

How do I get to La Serena and Elqui Valley?

Fly from Santiago to La Serena (1 hour).

What are the festivals, cultural and sport events in La Serena and Elqui Valley?

La Pampilla: Coquimbo, 12 km from La Serena, 14 - 21 Sep; Chile’s biggest Independence Day party.

If you still have questions, please contact us and one of our Travel Experts will be happy to help.

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