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Chiflon del Diablo Mine, Lota

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Put your nerves to the test with a visit to the undersea coal mine affectionately known as Chiflon del Diablo Mine. Led by ex-coal miners turned-guides, visitors don safety gear and clamber into a hair-raising elevator cage and journey some 50 m (164 ft) below sea. The mine gets its name from the natural ventilation that flows through the mine, translated as 'the Devil's blast', significant as it's the only naturally ventilated mine in the world. The mine closed for production in the 1990s, but has since served as a popular tourist attraction. Visitors have the opportunity to journey into the mine, and then tour the recreated coal-mining town and houses. Using our world travel planner, Lota attractions like Chiflon del Diablo Mine can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Lota is an hour south of Concepcion and difficult to travel to unless you have your own car. Once in the town it is not easy to find the mine. We "Googled" it on our phone and followed the directions ...  more »
  • Very nice, but short duration. The guide was very friendly. It is safe and I recommend this trip!!!!!  more »
  • This mine tour was recommended by a couple of Chileans we met on the trip, and it certainly was worthwhile. Started in 1884, the coal mine was closed in 1976, and I don't think much has changed! The t...  more »
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  • Very nice tour going down into the coal mine by a former miner
  • fabulozo
  • Entertaining as well as the fear that it gives xd... If not like sharing a small space, then isn't your place.
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  • I fell in love, a unique experience! Down to the coal mine, where many feelings they feel, think and meditate a moment in what has been lived by our ancestors... A place where the narrator of the story makes the hairs to stand you!... Recommended 100%!
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  • Wonderful feat of miners, surprising the way he worked the Parque Isidora Cousiño, enormous and well-kept. It is a place that all Chilean should know, its interesting history and contribution to the progress of the country in those years
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