Chiflon del Diablo Mine, Lota

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. Put Chiflon del Diablo Mine into our Lota trip itinerary planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lota.
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  • When one thinks of Lota imagines a more iconic coal mining, however when one is with the story so convincingly it is a must to not comment, more when you visit the guide a miner of truth with their anecdotes and stories that deliver one sees absolute shattering life inside and outside el chiflón missed the tour, I recommend to live it and enjoy it
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  • Very good visit. Suitable for children over 8 years old. go with appropriate clothing for comfortable walking on Earth (slippers). All visits are guided. First ask if the elevator is working. If it is bad is lowered walk are as 200 steps.
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  • When I visited this place I had lots of expectations since my mom, who is from a town near here, told me stories about how life used to be back when the coal mining activity ruled this part of souther...  more »
  • Totally worth stopping by, especially if you enjoy history and exploration. They even accommodated are one and a half year old daughter. They take you on a 45 to 60 Minute tour of the underground cave. Understanding Spanish is a must
  • Excellent place to visit with family. Historic and fun.
  • Very nice tour going down into the coal mine by a former miner
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  • A very good place to visit, only mine coal with tourist and guided tour, the guides are ex-miners who pass through his experiences in the mine. A unique experience in a journey to the bottom of the mine until you reach under the sea, a drop of more than 200 meters and a tour inside the mine, making it an unforgettable experience, totally recommended for children and adults.
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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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