La Serena. One of Chile’s oldest cities, today it’s about 8 hours by bus North of Santiago. But at the time of its construction, it would have been a far-flung colony, meant to serve as a link between the Spanish colonial center of Lima in Peru further North and the newly founded Santiago to the South. Thanks to its historic origins, it still retains some colonial architecture much like you can find in other Spanish settlements around Latin America. Simple, flat-roofed, one-story buildings in an adobe style, or more ornate government buildings and cathedrals such as the ones you see above.
La Serena was certainly set up at the time to receive tourism, and areas like La Recova, a traditional market today given over to handicraft stalls and restaurants, was bustling with tourists and locals alike.