La Recova, La Serena

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Roam the stalls of La Recova, a market and artisanal fair that dates back to the 17th century as a merchant center. The building was destroyed several times, first by a fire in 1965 and then an earthquake in the 1970s. In 1981, the present market was inaugurated by Augusto Pinochet and was, at the time, the first building with an escalator in the city. Browse the numerous stalls that line the first floor, which sell local delicacies, arts, crafts, souvenirs, and vibrant handmade jewelry. Visit the second floor for a meal at one of the restaurants, which serve traditional local dishes and fresh seafood. Plan a La Serena trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • A picturesque place that worth a visit, there are restaurants and you can also find rich papayas canned!
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  • You should go to buy papayas and one to another memory to bring gifts of rigor. Outside of that I found him very funny while on a visit to the Centre of La Serena I would pass out there.
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  • Strange walk through the Archway, on Sundays and holidays closed, should take advantage of weekend tourists. Handicrafts and sweets are the best and at good prices.
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  • Typical open market with papaya by products available at convenient prices
  • Good place to shop some souvenirs and typical food such as papaya candies. Restaurant on 2nd floor. Supermarket just outside. Very local :)
  • Expensive but nice
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  • Feo, fome y flaitee

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La Serena provides a varied selection of sleeping options, with the area between the main bus station and the town center featuring at least one hostel on every street. Despite this abundance of lodgings, many hotels book up fast at the height of the tourist season (summer: January-February), and some refuse visitors on single-night stays. If you're looking for the ultimate in space and comfort, consider renting a furnished apartment on the coastline.
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