Coquimbo cruises

Welcome to up and coming Coquimbo. Half way down the middle of the long strip of Chile, this working port city on the Pan American Highway is making a name for itself, especially when it comes to nightlife. Aldunate is an area is full of bars and nightclubs where you can join the South American dances of cueca, cumbia and salsa. The elegantly restored 19th Century English Quarter is beautiful by day and also comes alive at the weekends.

Stroll the fish market along Coquimbo bay or the fishing jetty for some delicious fresh seafood with a glass of piscola, the hand-distilled piscos spirit made from the muscatel grapes of the Elqui Valley, mixed with cola.

The Cruz del Tercer Milenio religious landmark museum is a place of prayer which has become a tourist attraction thanks to its amazing view over Coquimbo from over 300 feet up. Look out across the bay to the north at the capital, La Serena, where the people of Chile take their holidays in January and February. Trekking, sport fishing, surfing and parasailing are the popular activities to try. There’s also a great choice of world-class wine, which comes from the fertile valleys between the mountains.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Coquimbo Private Car and Guide – Full day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Coquimbo Private Car and Guide – Full day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    COW_701

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Coquimbo and La Serena

    Explore the history and main sights of the city and enjoy some essential souvenir shopping.

    Coquimbo and La Serena

    Embark on a drive through downtown Coquimbo passing the main square, Plaza de Armas, to the nearby resort of La Herradura, in the Bay of Guayacan. During a photo stop, your guide will regale you with legends of the pirates and corsairs such as Sir Francis Drake and others who plundered these Pacific shores taking refuge and hiding their treasure.

    Continue along the Coastal Avenue toward La Serena and along the Avenida del Mar with its beaches, modern hotels and restaurants. At the end of the Avenue is the lighthouse, El Faro, a symbol of the city.

    Enjoy a brief stop at La Recova Market, full of typical crafts, papaya products, jumpers knitted from alpaca wool, ceramics with the Diaguita designs, combarbalita stone and jewellery especially crafted from the lapis lazuli, a semi precious stone.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking over some uneven terrain. Coaches are not air-conditioned.

    Tour code

    COW_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    3 hours

  • La Serena and Elqui Valley

    Visit the Elqui Valley, famous for its clear skies, cultivated pastures and vineyards that produce the national liquor.

    La Serena and Elqui Valley

    Embark on a scenic drive, along Coastal Avenue to the city of La Serena. En route you’ll pass Peñuelas fishing town, Coquimbo Casino and a photo stop will be made at the Old Lighthouse. Enjoy a short walk to La Recova handicraft market. Spend some free time browsing the stalls which sell papaya products, handicrafts of lapis lazuli, pottery, ceramics and alpaca wool garments.

    Back onboard your coach, you’ll head out to the Elqui Valley, a narrow valley with a fertile strip of land in the middle of the Andean mountain desert. The area has the clearest atmosphere in the world, and is a popular destination for astronomic purposes. Along the route you’ll pass numerous picturesque villages before arriving at the town of Vicuña. The town is famous for being the birthplace of the literary Nobel Prize winner, Gabriela Mistral.

    After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll visit a distillery brewing the national liquor, Pisco. Learn about the production process and visit the cellars and exhibition room, before sampling Pisco for yourself.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Coaches are not air-conditioned. This tour includes a considerable amount of travel. There is approximately 1½ hours of walking over some uneven terrain.

    Tour code

    COW_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • La Serena and the Third Millennium Cross

    Explore the beauty, history and culture of Coquimbo and La Serna on this picturesque sightseeing small group tour.

    La Serena and the Third Millennium Cross

    After boarding your minibus, you’ll leave the port of Coquimbo and pass through the downtown area of Coquimbo to the 'Third Millennium Cross', built for the birth of the new millennium. Here you’ll have a 360 degree panoramic view, of Coquimbo city.

    Continuing north towards the city of La Serena along the coastal route, the tourist 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 colourful place where there are a variety of gifts and souvenirs made from local products especially jewellery 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. The tour returns to the port of Coquimbo along the Pan American Highway.


    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing over mostly paved surfaces. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and bring a hat and sunglasses. Due to average local temperatures, minibuses are not equipped with air-conditioning. Guests are advised to exercise caution at the market as pick-pockets have been known to frequent the area.

    Tour code

    COW_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Coquimbo Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Coquimbo Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to two guests. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

    Tour code

    COW_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours