Craftsmanship and an attractive university district are part of the city’s attractions


Since it was founded in 1550 by Pedro de Valdivia, Chile’s second largest city has been besieged by the Mapuche people, attacked by pirates and shaken by intense earthquakes, the most recent of which hit on February 27, 2010. Yet there is no doubt that Concepcióncontinues to be one of Chile’s top destinations.

One of the city’s main attractions is the student neighborhood, which is called the barrio universitario. Highlights include La Casa del Arte, where you can see “La presencia de América,” an enormous mural painted by Mexican artist Jorge González to honor the independence of the people of Latin America, and Universidad de Concepción’s “Pinacoteca” (Art Gallery), which houses engravings by painter and sculptor Oswaldo Guayasamín.

Be sure not to miss the municipal marketplace, where you can find handicrafts and enjoy local cuisine, the Catedral de la Santísima Concepción and the Universidad de Concepción Theater.

Looking for some downtime? Head to Parque Ecuador, the city’s recreational center. And once your batteries are recharged, check out Plaza España (at the intersection of Arturo Prat and Avenida Pedro de Valdivia), which is packed with bars and restaurants.

Once you have truly experienced all that this Bíobío Region city has to offer, it is time to explore the region’s rural areas, which include the historic mining town Lota and the fishing villages that dot the Pacific Coast.

Check more tourist information on the Chile Travel site.

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How to arrive

  • By plane: There are daily departures from Santiago to Carriel Airport in Concepción. (1 hour). Shuttle services and taxis are available to Concepción and Talcahuano.
  • By bus: There are daily buses from several companies, Santiago to Chillán (4 hours) and Santiago to Concepción (6 hours). Buses leave from Terminal Alameda (Phone: 56 2 776 24 24) and Terminal Santiago (former South Terminal Phone: 56 2 376 17 50). Local buses connect with other towns in the area. There are also buses arriving from Puerto Montt, Valdivia, Temuco, Osorno and other cities.
  • By car: From Santiago take Ruta 5 Sur to Chillán (404 km), then take Ruta 152 westbound to Concepción (500 km from Santiago).