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Chiflon del Diablo Mine, Lota
(4.5/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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
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  • It is a superficial part of an authentic underground coal mine visit. The visit leads by galleries built on the coal layers. Down in a small cage to about 20 m, galleries through and returned by an inclined plane in which cement steps have been built to facilitate the ascent. The visit runs through authentic sites that rarely, have been adapted to make it more convenient for tourists. So, galleries do not allow to walk upright to people of more than 1.75 m in height, except in a specially prepared place. Elsewhere gets visitors along a stretch of a meter high Gallery, forcing to go crouch to everyone. The guides are authentic miners who still live and feel his old job at the mine, which makes visits something enriching and experiential. In this anti-mining world, is endearing to hear the miners as they feel the pride of belonging to the mining class, to his old job and their customs. Outside shows the reproduction of some homes built for the filming of the movie Subterra, faithfully representing the habitat of a family mining of late Nineteenth century and early Twentieth- and your grocery store or store where everything you need is supplied. Advisable to hire for a little more than money visit to the mining museum and the garden of Isidora Cousiño. Both places are charming presenting the peculiarity that guides, always female, dressed in clothing of the time, simulate to be the own Isidora describing, in first person, places a group of friends. Visits to the mine not suitable for pregnant women, claustrophobic people with motor disabilities, asthma and heart disease. For European visitors, clarify that the visits to the mine safety does not conform to the standards in Europe, although there is no notable risk that there is in these if strict instructions of the guides.
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  • A unique experience. Go to more than half a kilometre underground, even under the sea is priceless. The price is affordable and includes a tour of the area
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  • Excellent and exciting, even miners who someday let sweat and effort, make it incredible place.
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  • Una experiencia única, imperdible.
  • Excellent place to visit, not recommended for claustrofobicos
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  • Beautiful experience, very good account of the former miners, but lack more organization by the company since it is important to note that there are some risks to the lower (e.g. lumbar problems there are very narrow areas where you must crouch down much) at the entrance to leave you a consent there is no control of who signed it, this will let the visitor know whether he is really prepared to visit the mine , but anyway, I recommend it!
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  • I recommend knowing this place all children by their meaning and the sacrifice of those families as told by a live coal worker. Congratulations
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  • Old coal mine, now open for guided tours from elderly miners. Tour only in Spanish. Interesting!
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