Coquimbo is near the northern port city of La Serena and one of Chile"s regional capitals. It lies between the Atacama Desert and the central valley, rich in agriculture. Coquimbo is an important distribution center for fruit from the Elqui Valley. Some of the elaborate woodwork handcrafted on the buildings here by early British and American settlers still remains. These wooden buildings are among Chile"s most interesting historical structures. Please note that transportation is not sophisticated and only Non Air-conditioned coaches are available.