La Serena is the capital of the fourth region, and along with Coquimbo they make up an important tourist center, with beautiful beaches and complete infrastructure to receive its visitors. Beaches like Tongoy, Puerto Velero, Guanaqueros and Totoralillo combine with virgin areas like Isla Dama, and Pingüino de Humboldt National Reserve, where you can watch bottle nose dolphins and Bosques Fray Jorge National Park.
There is also the Elqui Valley, with astronomic observatories, pisco factories and archaeological centers of Diaguite and Molle cultures. Plus, there are several sport activites, both in the shore and the interior areas.
The cuisine in the North of Chile is characterized by a variety of legumes and cereals, due to the arid climate. Within the most common ingredients are quinoa, a staple in the Inca culture, also is the potato, carrot and various tropical fruits like mango, passion fruit and guava.
Among typical dishes are roast alpaca cooked on firewood, chuño which is a soup-based Popes alpaca, onion, wheat and other vegetables. Also you can find al types of seafood and fishes to make differents dishes.
Further to the North, a typical sweet is the chumbeque this fact of flour, lard and layers of Orange, mango, passion fruit jams. There are also the pululos, which are a kind of very common puffed rice in the north end.
The climate oscillates between desertic and Mediterranean. The annual temperature is 13 ° C.
Stores in rural areas are open all day, but they close between 13.00 and 15.00. We advise you to carry local currency (Chilean pesos), since it isn’t possible to pay with debit or credit cards in kiosks and rural stores.
Do not throw garbage on the beaches, parks or streets. To take care of our environment is everyone's responsibility. Avoid fines by following the rules.
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