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100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Flexible, accommodating and trustworthy host
This was an unusual booking in that I booked nearly 2 years prior to the trip to travel for the Solar Eclipse! Rodrigo from the very beginning was very accommodating to allow us to book that far in advance. There were many horror stories of hosts cancelling bookings and trying to get more money due to the event, but not so with Rodrigo. He and I kept in contact over the many months between the booking and the trip and I felt confident that my reservation would be maintained. By the time the trip began, I felt like I knew him!
When it finally came time for the trip, Rodrigo was flexible in allowing us to check in late at night by leaving the key with the guard. We also were able to check out that way too. My only regret is that I wasn't able to meet him in person by doing it this way.
The apartment complex was nice and safe. It was a gated community and the guards were very friendly, even if my Spanish was not very good. The apartment itself was as described. It had a great view of the ocean and the beds were comfortable. It was super convenient to the grocery store and we also walked to two different restaurants on different nights. It is not within walking distance to the beach of the historic part of town (Plaza de armas and the like), so you do need to drive / taxi to those places.
One thing we found in this part of Chile (not just at Rodrigo's place) that other travelers may want to be aware of is that most places do not have heat. We were there in the winter, but it was still pretty mild. Rodrigo has plenty of blankets in the apartment and there was what looked to be a portable heater in the living room (that we didn't need to use), so we didn't have any real issues with this, but we didn't actually pay attention to that fact prior to the trip.
All in all, it was a great trip and Rodrigo was a great host. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the apartment for anyone who would like to visit La Serena.
You can visit and enjoy the Elqui Valley, museum and home of Gabriela Mistral, extensive beaches, boat trips, flowery desert, ladies island, Humboldt penguins, Fray Jorge National Park, pisco production, astronomical observatory, etc.