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Chiflon del Diablo Mine, Lota

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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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  • Excellent experience to know the harsh conditions that worked for years thousands of miners from the South of Chile and how it feels are underground. A plus is that this tour does a miner who has worked at the mine.
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  • Guided by its miners from a coal mine, the account you used to tears. life of incredible work that exceeds l ' entendement.comment of human beings can resist a of the inhuman conditions.
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  • The most attractive of this experience was listening to the stories of miners or the children and grandchildren of those who worked at the mine, who are the guides. The place is a little claustrophobic, lower galleries very rustic, but worthwhile. For small children, less than four years, do not think that it is a good place, because the stories within the mine are interesting, but long. The children are bored. However, there is a tour that can be done only on the outside, on the set where the movie was filmed Sub Terra. There the children can have fun. Another thing, the guides engage people, it is recommended to have good humor
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  • Very nice tour going down into the coal mine by a former miner
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  • Very good place. Excellent service and the best guide. It really tells with passion.
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  • Super good place for those who want to learn a little of the past of those who worked there or just know a little more of all mining course I recommend excellent bayan place, a good company with the Guide ballan and is surprised.
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  • I recommend it for anyone who wants to know a little more of our Chilean miners in the astonishing era of the coalmines in chile, will leave admiring the incredible and sacrificed work miner.
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Where to stay in Lota

As the town attempts to transition its economy from mining to tourism, accommodations in Lota remain scarce. You won't find much more than a couple of rental apartments. Consider staying in Concepcion, just 39 km (24 mi) to the north, and a regional hub of transport, commerce, and tourism. From there, you can easily reach Lota by taking the short, scenic drive along the coast.
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