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Chiflon del Diablo Mine, Lota

(4.6/5 based on 150 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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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 »
  • Excellent panorama, tourism in the area. Unforgettable experience connects you to the past.
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  • Touring a mine under the ocean is a unique experience... tour lasts around 1 hour, a small introduction and down talk it has said. Travel is short, not much walking... and the guide makes good friendly tour with lots of data and experiences lived personally... you learn enough above the coal mining industry fundamental pillar of the Chilean economy of 19th and 20th century. On tour you will feel the silence and darkness absolute, almost impossible to find elsewhere. The tour can be done with children inclusive. Leaving you can explore the recreation of the village that left the realization of the movie SUBTERRA.
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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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