What you need to know before traveling to Concepción

Concepcion is one of the administrative regions in Chile. One of its main geographic features is the Bio Bio River. This river is famous as a white water rafting destination. The river was once the border between the Spanish colony and the fierce Mapuche Indians. The countryside is still dotted with the ruins of old Spanish forts. If you are staying in one of the charming budget hotels in Concepcion, you might like to explore isolated little communities like Los Angeles and Angol. You will also be near the Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta.

The capital of the region of Concepcion is the city of Concepcion, at the mouth of the Bio Bio River. It is Chile’s second largest city. The center of town is the Plaza de la Independencia. Here you can see the Romanesque-Byzantine Catedral de la Santisima Concepcion. Next to it is the Muse de Arte Sagrado, which has colonial artwork, sculptures and artifacts of gold. For the story of the town’s turbulent past, go to the Galeria de la Historia. If your discount hotel in Concepcion is a little to the northeast of the city, you will be near the naval base of Talcahuano where you can see the historic ironclad gunship Huascar.

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