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Travel Concepcion surroundings

The coastal towns and the nearby beaches can rapidly be reached by modern public busses. Many locals prefer to visit the communes to the north of Concepción, such as Penco, Tomé, Lirquén, and Dichato.

More crowded and less crowded beaches can be found to the south of the city, e.g.Playa Blanca between Coronel and Lota, two former black coal towns along the ‚ÄúRuta del Carb√≥n‚ÄĚ. The ‚ÄúChifl√≥n del Diablo‚ÄĚ black coal mine offers tours where shafts below the Pacific ocean are visited.

Towards the inland, dense forests and some small and medium- size winemakers can be found around the Itata Valley which can easily be reached by a modern highway.
Take your time and visit the Reserva Nongu√©n, a Reserve just twenty minutes from the city center where the Rana de Darwin, the Pud√ļ (dwarf deer) and other endemic species can be found. Contact CONAF before getting there.
Another must are the pintoresque hills between Hualpén and Talcahuano where you have an awsome view above the Bay of Talcahuano.
Visit the "desembocadura" where the Bio Bio river meets the Pacific Ocean. There is a museum on your way there where species from all over the world are shown - from an Egyptian mummy to wooden pipes. Also worth a trip is the Peninsula of Hualpén with the Ramuntcho Bay and Chome where a former whale factory can be found. Free visits, only forty minutes from Concepción, are offered by Celulosa Arauco near Nueva Aldea, where you can visit the most modern cellulose producing factory in South America. Visits have to be reserved in advanced and are available from Monday to Saturday.

Further Information

Travel tips:

You need a car or a bike.

You should avoid here:

No swimming!

Other helpful information:

Watch a short video about the surroundings of Concepción - Click HERE!

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By Gerhard Bacher

15 Aug 2011

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