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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
TripAdvisor
  • A very interesting place. The history of coal mining is one of effort and sacrifices. The best is that the guide is a retired miner. It is an adventure ride so you have to be prepared. Do not forget that it is a mine underground: dark, narrow, uneven ground. Wear shoes suitable (I recommend trekking shoes). Pass you a helmet (fundamental low of mine in some parts, several blows on the head), a battery and a mining Lantern (those that are in the town and is the only source of light being down). The tour lasts about an hour and a half. On the surface there are elements that were used in the mining operations and the film set used in Subterra (isn't original people). They lower it by a vertical shaft of 25 meters in a very narrow metal box. Then the mine tour. Not me seemed a good option for people of the third age or children under in 10 years. Tell others this is not an option for people with claustrophobia. For the rest, an adventure very recommendable!
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  • It is certainly a place that you should definitely go a reunion with history and the harsh reality of the work of the miner, explained and guided by them and relatives of esto. An unforgettable ride, was amazed with the place, and a good guided tour of Piero, who kindly explained to us all. Thanks a lot
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  • They always say that the region VIII does not have much to see and that is a lie. Mine is an excellent example of this, there is an important part of our regional history and what makes it even more impressive is that the mine tour a miner who first tells his story makes it you.
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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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