Copiapó is a town in Northern Chile. It's a pleasant stop if passing by bus, overlooked by beautiful hills and surrounded by vineyards. Although located in the southern end of the atacama desert, the area was once more lush oasis than now, reflected in the towns first name in 1744: San Francisco de la Selva, Saint Francis of the Jungle. In 1854 the first railway line in South America was built here.
Buses pull in from the north (Antofagasta, Iquique, Arica) and south (La Serena, Santiago) at the terminals south of the city centre. Tur-bus has their terminal on Calle Chañarcillo and Pullman has their's on Colipi.
Residencial Lendy, Calle Chacabuco 173, +56 (0)52 235990. Basic but very friendly in a family's home. Close to bus terminals. 11:30PM curfew, use of kitchen, stores luggage. A twin without bath is Ch$8000 (have exact change at hand).