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Concepcion And The Bio Bio Region

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The capital of the Eighth Region (Regi√≥n del Bio Bio) and second largest city of Chile is attracting more and more visitors every year. That¬īs the result of great efforts as, in spite of the modern infrastructure, it was possible to conserve ‚Äúgreen space‚ÄĚ in and around the city. Concepci√≥n is situated about 500 km to the south of Chile¬īs capital and can easily be reached by car, bus, plane, train, and a new highway. Concepci√≥n has about 220.000 inhabitants. However, the whole area including the surrounding communes San Pedro, Hualp√©n, Talcahuano, and San Vicente, has almost a million people.Clean and healthy oceanic air, Andean spring water, excellent fresh and healthy food, but also little traffic and stress, agreeable temperatures and neither too arid summers nor too rainy winters make Concepci√≥n and its surroundings a great place to live, work, and study. Modern infrastructure such as an airport, hotels, universities, schools, convention centers, shopping centers, cinemas, a zoo, theaters, and special events like concerts of national and international artists and bands are only a small part of what the whole area offers. The nearby green parks and the coast line invite visitors to relax, and the low cost of living increase the quality of living clearly above the one of Chile¬īs capital. As the inhabitants of Gran Concepci√≥n are divided into several communes, a unique culture has risen as a mixture between modern city and country life. A symphony orchestra, alternative cinemas, theaters, music academies, but also courses for hobby painters can be found in the area.
There is an open soccer stadium for several thousands of fans, basketball, rugby, and horseback riding clubs, an aviation club, a model aviation group, and several biking, mountain bike, and mountaineering clubs have their offices in the city center. As the Pacific ocean is only a few minutes away, people practice surfing, body board, scuba diving, sailing, but also kite surfing has become a very popular hobby amongst the Penquistas. The gastronomy in Concepci√≥n covers simple restaurant or ‚ÄúPicadas‚ÄĚ (e.g.Carlos T, La Pic√° de Puchacay), such as cuisine like El Riqu√©n or Rocinante, and vegetarian restaurants like ‚ÄúLettuce‚ÄĚ. Fish and seafood are offered in Lenga, a ‚ÄúCaleta‚ÄĚ (small village by the sea) only five minutes from Concepci√≥n.

The best cafés are at the city center, around the Plaza de la Independencia, e.g. Rometsch, Roggendorf, and Cantabria.

Further Information

Travel tips: Great view over the city and its suuroundings from the Autopista del Itata, especially at night, just before getting to the city.
Must see/do at this place: Visit the Cerro Caracol and the Campus of the Universidad de Concepción. Excellent draft beer and nightlife at the Plaza Peru, Barrio Estación, Pedro de Valdivia and San Pedro de la Paz, Camino a Santa Juana.Find here a Blog about activities in Concepción.
You should avoid here: Avoid, as everywhere in the world, to out yourself as a "gringo", avoid dark places at night and do not buy pirated software, movies etc. in the street. Take care at very crowded places - pickpockets!!!
Other helpful information: Short video about Concepción and the Bio Bio Region - Click here!



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By Gerhard Bacher

17 Jun 2010


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