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Chillán is known throughout the nation as the birthplace of liberator Bernardo O’Higgins. On a not so positive note, it is also famous for the earthquakes that have battered the town during the course of its history - which long ago ravished most of Chillán’s colonial appeal. Still, the town is worth a visit and is more than a starting point for the nearby Termas de Chillán.

The Feria de Chillán is an impressive sight, especially on Saturdays when the hustle and bustle in the street can reach a fervor pitch. The open-air market (southeast of the Plaza de Armas) has on display all the fresh fruits and vegetables desired. A bit of bartering can net buyers decent deals on jewelry, handicrafts and paintings from local artists here, too. Escuela México, which was donated to the city by the Mexican government in the wake of the 1939 earthquake, contains gorgeous murals in honor of both Mexican and Chilean history. Museo San Francisco memorializes the Franciscans that came to convert locals, and the Catedral is supposedly immune to the destruction brought about by earthquakes.

Budget travelers have no problem locating cheap accommodation at places such as Hostal Canadá and Casa Sonia Segui. Hotel Javiera Carrera cost a bit more but is more affordable than upscale hotels. Hotel Cordillera is a family-run establishment near the plaza, while Hotel Las Terrazas offers all the amenities needed for a businessman.

Chillán offers a good variety of dining options with great local dishes found in Mercado Central or Casino Cuerpo de Bomberos. Centro Español satisfies those looking for something a bit more extravagant, while Arcoiris is a vegetarian option. Fuente Alemana offers real coffee, not the instant stuff that plagues most restaurants. TEL: 042, Population: 170,000.

Neighborhoods in Chillán: Around Chillán,

Other places nearby Chillán: Concepción, Sewell, Contulmo, Constitución, Los Angeles, Talca, San Fernando, Curicó, Angol and Rancagua.

01 Mar 2009

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131073Now the focus point of the Plaza Bernardo O’Higgins, this supposedly earthquake-resistant cathedral was built between 1941 and 1961. It has nine rising arches which permit a vast amount of sunlight ...
Chillán, Chile

Museo San Francisco

There is an abundance of furniture, military and religious objects on display at this museum from the Franciscan missionaries that arrived in 1585 and targeted members of Mapuche to convert. There ...
Chillán, Chile

Escuela México

Chillán endured a devastating earthquake in 1939 so the Mexican government donated money to build Escuela México. However, the generosity did not stop there. Pablo Neruda directed two famous ...
Historical Building
Chillán, Chile

Feria de Chillán

The open-air market offers all the fresh produce one could desire. Most of the action is within the streets of Isabel Riquelme, Arturo Prat, Maipón and 5 de Abril, though it does overflow into ...
Chillán, Chile

Termas de Chillán

Termas de Chillán is a poor man’s Portillo or Valle Nevado. The slopes of the 3,122-meter Volcán Chillán might not draw the national ski teams but the area generally receives greater snowfall ...
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Valle Hermoso

These public thermal baths are located a bus ride away from Chillán , shortly before Valle Las Trancas. There is a campsite here which is a fantastic option during the summer for budget travelers, ...
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Parque Monumental Bernardo O'Higgins

Take the short bus ride south along Av. O’Higgins to visit this well-manicured park built in tribute to the famous Chilean liberator. The 60-meter long tiled mural that depicts O’Higgins’ life ...
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Valle Las Trancas

Several kilometers before the entrance to Las Termas is a group of more affordable cabins, restaurants and bars with live music set in this small mountain village. And while your room will not be ...
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