The workshop will be held at the Archaeological Museum of La Serena (Museo Arqueólogico de La Serena, in spanish).

Founded in 1943, the Archaeological Museum of La Serena is one of the most iconic buildings of the city. Located in the heart of La Serena, the museum welcomes visitors with a baroque stone doorway recovered from an old colonial house leading to an old colonial courtyard that connects all the different rooms via long corridors. 

In 2019, the museum was renovated with new archaeological collections for public display, and improved facilities. The archaeological collections housed at the museum offer a fascinating journey into the prehistory of Chile, with special emphasis on the Coquimbo Region. As an active governmental institution, the Museum frequently hosts talks, discussions and a myriad of social events. The building facilities include an auditorium with capacity for 90 people, an open library, and 2 conference rooms. The workshop will be held in the main auditorium and the newly renovated rooftop that overviews the city will serve as lunch and coffee break areas.

Museo Arqueológico de La Serena
Cordovez esquina Cienfuegos, La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile
Local Organizing Institution
CEAZA (Center for Advanced Research in Arid Zones)
Raul Biltran 1305, La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile

La Serena

Founded in AD 1544, La Serena is the second oldest city in Chile and the historic capital of the Coquimbo Region. This lovely city is one of the most popular touristic destinations in the country nowadays, offering a wide range of accommodation options, endless beaches, restaurants, and touristic activities.

The old township of La Serena was declared a national monument in 1981 and includes several patrimonial places such as churches and squares that attest for more than 4 centuries of Chilean-European legacy. Nonetheless, the cultural heritage of La Serena extends well beyond its European foundation, as archaeological excavations reveal that this area has been densely inhabited by pre-Columbian populations since CE 900.

Geographically, the city is placed over a series of overlying Tertiary-to-Quaternary marine terraces on the southern margins of the Elqui RIver 1 km inland from the Pacific Ocean. To the east, are the Andes and the beautiful Valle del Elqui. This mountaninous valley is famous for its vineyard-filled slopes, charming towns and siliceous local ciusine. By night, the clear skies of the valley allow for the enjoyment of spectacular star views.

Travel to La Serena

There are two main ways to get to La Serena from Santiago (560 km apart).

By land, several bus companies depart from Chile’s capital during the morning, afternoon and at night time. The bus ride takes about 6 hours and costs between $10,000-20,000 Chilean pesos ($15-30).

We recommend Buses Romani. Online bus tickets can be booked on the website.

By air, three airlines companies flight from Santiago (SCL) to La Serena (LSC) on a daily basis. Costs are quite variable, ranging from 10,000 (12$) to 60,000 ($75) Chilean pesos depending on the date and the time of booking. Air tickets can be purchased at: