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(CCP201)  HALF DAY CITY TOUR OF  CONCEPCIÓN 

Duration: 3 hours approx.

Available: All year. 

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museums closed on Mondays and holidays.

Description: A visit to this district of more than 160 inhabitants will reveal its diverse architecture, as well as views of Concepcion Bay and some sections of the Bio Bio River.  The tour continues on to Parque Ecuador where the history gallery is visited, as well as the university district, the duck lagoon, art house and mural. After this follows a drive along Chile’s longest bridge, measuring 2,500 meters long (8,202 ft.). The tour concludes with a visit to a typical residential area. Return to hotel. 

(CCP202) HALF DAY TOUR OF CONCEPCION / TALCAHUANO

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Available: All year. 

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museums closed on Mondays and holidays.

Description: Departure from hotel to visit interesting sites in Concepcion and Talcahuano. The first stop is at Parque Ecuador, an important heritage area, and Concepcion’s green areas lying at the feet of Cerro Caracol hill, close to the city’s center. The “History Gallery” will be visited here, consisting in a museum that tells the story of this city with the help of dioramas. The university district, duck lagoon, Art House and Mural, and the Independence Square will be other sectors visited, before heading to Talcahuano. On the way, Plaza del Trebol Mall will be sighted, as well as La Tortuga coliseum and Ventana del Mar waterfront. The road leads to the Talcahuano Naval base where the Huascar ship –the oldest floating historic relic of the world- can be visited. End of tour and return to hotel.


(CCP301) FULL DAY TOUR TO LOTA COAL MINES AND ISIDORA COUSIÑO PARK – INCLUDES LUNCH

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Available: All year. 

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museum closed on Mondays and holidays.

Description: The trip starts out by driving along the Los Conquistadores Route towards Coronel and Lota, the main towns linked to Chile’s coal history. On the way, views of the Nahuelbuta Mountain Range can be sighted, as high as 1,400 meters (4,593 ft.), covered by Araucarias (monkey-puzzle tree) –the country’s traditional tree. Next comes a visit to Lota and Isidora Cousiño Botanical Park, with its 19th century palace and grounds with 83 species of native plants from Chile, North America, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa; 27 cast iron sculptures and others made of ceramics, as well as a collection of more than 50 vases and pedestals from all over the world, making it the most important collection in Chile of its kind. This is the only French-style park -of the three existing ones in the country- that sits near the coast. Lunch is offered in the best restaurant of the region. An underground safari comes next when the Lota Coal Mine is visited, touring the Chiflon Carlos (Carlos blast) or Chiflon del Diablo (devil’s blast)  circuits, walking through tunnels from where coal was extracted in the past,  escorted by former miners who show the nooks and corners and reveal the mine’s secrets. After surfacing, a visit to the Lota Historic Museum comes next, before returning to Concepcion.  


(CCP302) FULL DAY TOUR TO ITATA WINE ROUTE

Duration: 9 hours approx.

Available: All year. 

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museum closed on Mondays and holidays.

Description: The trip to the Itata Wine Route begins in the city of Quillon, the capital of the Ñuble Provence, a district that boasts a privileged microclimate benefitting wine and fruit plantations. Three kilometers (1.8 mi.) before getting there, “Las Rosas” garden is visited in the Villa San Francisco sector, to check out and purchase some plants and flowers. The route continues on to Lomas de Quillon vineyard, famous for its excellent wines and liqueurs. At kilometer 11 of the drive, Don Ginito cellar lies with its small museum and examples of traditional wheat straw crafts. Bulnes is the site chosen for lunch, where a winery that exports its products may be visited to taste its five varieties of wine. End of tour and return to Concepcion. 


(CCP303) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO LAJA LAGOON NATIONAL PARK    

Duration: 6 hours approx.

Available: All year  

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Depends on weather conditions.

Description: Laguna del Laja National Park is one of Chile’s most important, with 11,600 ha (28,664 ac), located 212 km (131 mi.) east of the city of Concepcion. Venturing deep into the park, a number of natural attractions begin to appear, among them Salto de Agua waterfall and Antuco Volcano (2,985 meters high – 9,793 ft.).  Hundreds of hikers visit it every year. The Sierra Velluda hanging glaciers, the highest peak in the park, Laguna del Laja and Las Chilcas and Torbellino falls are other key natural attractions. The Araucaria (monkey-puzzle tree) and mountain cypresses -the area’s typical flora- and 47 bird species give life to the park’s natural landscape. End of tour and return to the city of Concepcion.


(CCP304) FULL DAY TOUR TO ALTO DEL BIO BIO

Duration: 9 hrs approx.

Available: All year round

Operates: Daily.

Description: Departure from hotel on a tour of Alto Bio Bio. The road passes by the small towns of Chaimavida and Santa Barbara, the latter located southeast of the city of Los Angeles, centered on farming, livestock raising, forestry and apiculture activities. Along the way and after lunch, the Pangue and Ralco Hydroelectrical Power Plants are sighted, and the artificial lake can be visited. The landscape here consists of beautiful mountainous country with native forests.  The source of Bio Bio River lies here. End of tour and return to hotel.