The Port of Coquimbo rests on a peaceful natural bay and is surrounded by beautiful clean beaches. One of its prominent landmarks is the Cross of the Third Millennium, a 93-meter tall structure with a colored glass panel containing two thousand pieces of glass. The Cruz del Tercer Milenio was dedicated in 2000 to celebrate the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Among the Port of Coquimbo’s landmarks is the Guayacan church on La Herradura Bay. Made completely of metal by famous Frenchman Gustave Eiffel, the church received National Monument status in 1977.
The Mohammed VI Islamic Cultural Center for the Dialogue Between Civilizations (the Mosque of Coquimbo) atop Dominante Hill was designed by Moroccan architect Faisal Cherradi.
Nearby La Serena is the capital of the region and includes much colonial architecture, the Monumental Lighthouse, and museums for archaeology, mineralogy, and colonial religious art.
The Port of Coquimbo’s countryside holds cultural attractions like Vicuna, home of the famous poet Gabriela Mistral who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. You can visit his tomb in Monte Grande.
Travelers wishing to visit the Port of Coquimbo by sea can find a list of cruises at the Dream Cruises website.