Coquimbo – dogs, cats and a few kids

Posted by on March 10, 2011

It’s always the unexpected change in plans that are  the best part of travel. It’s so common it sounds like a cliche.

Our plan was to visit a giant cross.   Every night in La Serena, we go down to the beach and watch the sun set behind a giant cross up on a hill.  Every night we say, “We really should go over and check out that cross.”

Our guidebook explains that it is the  Cruz del Tercer Milenio in the nearby town of Coquimbo. Our guidebook also says it’s open until 10:00pm every night.

Let's go check it out.

So, last night we drove over to check out the cross.  Coquimbo is a port town  built into the hills.  It was only a few minutes away by car, but it had a completely different feel than La Serena.

After driving through town, out of town, and up a hill, then walking several blocks we found the cross to be closed.

Cross closes at 6:30

So, we did the next best thing, or maybe something even better. We walked around town. Maybe it was the time of day, or just the town, but there was such a peaceful feel to the streets. Kids talked to us, dogs stared at us, and adults smiled when we walked by.

I love taking photos of houses and doors. It was almost like the dogs were purposely posing for me.  A few cats and kids were also ready for a closeup.

The cats were cute too.

This little girls was especially adorable as well.

If we had planned to take dog photos in Coquimbo I’m sure either they wouldn’t have been out, or they would have run away or something. Sometimes you can’t plan it, you just have to let it happen.

We also ran into this group of kids who asked us our names.  Jeff they could handle but Sheryl was not only impossible for them to say, it was hysterically funny to them.