Local Area - Sonesta Hotel Concepcion - Concepcion, Chile

Local Area

Location and Surroundings

Concepción is a modern, walkable city with an extensive transportation system, eight universities and many international restaurants. Points of interest include Plaza Independencia (main square), University of Concepción, city parks and the naval base.


Country Wine and Traditions
From the city of Concepción we’ll make our way towards the historical city of Chillán, known as the “Nation’s Cradle”. We’ll visit the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Siqueiros’ Murals considered as a cultural heritage; the Claudio Arrau Museum, the Arauco Pedestrian Walkway, the traditional Market and the Art and Crafts Fair. To continue with our trip, we’ll make our way to the small town of Quinchamalí, which is famous for its black pieces of pottery. Then, we’ll visit “Los Hornos de Ginito” Restaurant, located in the “Cerro Negro’s” Valley. Here, we’ll tour over the liqueur cellar, the wine tasting room and the traditional Straw Craft Exposition. To finish this amused morning, we’ll enjoy a delicious typical Chilean lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Concepción.

Lota Chiflon del Diablo Park and Museum
Early in the morning we’ll leave Concepción on the way to the Mining City of Lota, of which history, customs and traditions were built on the richness of coal. First, we’ll visit the Isidora Cousiño Park, touring over its beautiful gardens with galleries of mythological statues and paths of native and exotic vegetation. During the whole visit we’ll be accompanied by the “Isidoras”, tour guides dress up in old style costumes, who will tell us about the history of the Park and the Cousiño family. Finishing this tour, we’ll visit the Coal Historical Museum. Here, the “Isidoras” will tell us more about the richness that coal brought to this city. Leaving the park, we’ll get into an exciting underground adventure. By going down 40 meters under the sea level into “The Chiflón del Diablo” coal mine. During this underground journey we’ll be accompanied by former coal miners who will tell us several stories and legends about this famous place. In the afternoon, we’ll return to Concepción.

Laja Falls
Early in the morning we’ll leave Concepción on the way to The Laja Falls, located 25km from the city of Los Angeles. These falls are formed by the water of the Laja River that falls from a height of 50 meters in four extraordinary waterfalls. From the viewpoints we’ll have the possibility of seeing and enjoying this natural environment of incomparable beauty that has been the icon of the region for many years. We’ll finish the morning having a delicious lunch. Once the lunch is over, we’ll make our way to Concepción.

Concepcion-Talcahuano Historical
We’ll begin our trip starting from the hotel early in the morning to make a full trip through Concepción to visit the city's main tourist attractions such as the Independence Square, The Gallery of History and the University of Concepción among others. We’ll continue the journey to visit The Huáscar, located in the Talcahuano Bay, and the Pedro del Río Zañartu Park, located in Hualpén going until we get into the mouth of the Bío Bío River and its beautiful environment. Finishing this visit, we’ll return to the hotel.