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COQUIMBO, CHILE


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Our stop in Coquimbo (the name means a place of "calm waters") was the first of our five stops in Chile. The Millennium Cross now towers over a town that was a favorite place of pirates and privateers.

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We were greeted with music and dancing.

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The commercial port exports fish and produce instead of the gold and copper from its early days.

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We drove to La Serena, a neighboring city.

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The Archaeological Museum in La Serena.

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Along with the collection of Chili's pre-colonial artifacts is an original Moai from Easter Island.

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La Recova Market.

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La Serena University.

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Vultures perch atop an abandoned prison -.

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- and perhaps this direction sign is not a bad idea!.

Posted by Swenigale 15:11 Archived in Chile

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