When you get off a bus at 5:30AM, the last thing you want is your hostel to be closed until 7AM. Waiting around in the bus station and the same in the hostel, by the time we could check in at 11AM I could hardly keep my eyes open. So we slept until about 3PM trying to catch up on the limited 4 hours sleep we had on the bus.
After a walk to the lighthouse and the beach we went for a game of bowling at probably the worst ally ever. It gave out free spares and strikes by just wiping away standing pins. It would drop pins from the machine that picks them up to clean the fallen from the first bowl so more fell over when it replaced them. For those bowling enthusiasts out there, we drew, 2-2.
Coquimbo & Wild Animals
It’s a long 10KM from La Serena to Coquimbo but a cycle path makes it much easier. The road is flat so the going is pretty easy and with the moderate temperature of Autumn we were there in no time. Arrived at the port and saw pelicans for the first time ever. There were hundreds of seagulls and 20 or so pelicans all swarming around some discarded fish bodies. A dog decided to chase and catch one of the pelicans but let it go from its grasp as the pelicans fled to the water.
As we made our way further into the port we saw another wild animal for the first time (in the wild), sea lions. At first we saw them in the water and then slightly more disgusting they were sat at the edge of the sewer pipes waiting for fishermen to discard fish.
Walking the Town
Very small town with 1 main plaza with a fountain that wasn’t on and about 8 churches within a 2 mile radius. Nevertheless it was a nice little town to walk around but after an hour we struggled for things to see/do.
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