Tourism in the area

Chillán, the birthplace of famous persons of Chiles history and art. The place where Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme, Claudio Arrau, Arturo Pacheco Altamirano, Marta Colvin and Marta Brunet were born. The town is also one of the oldest cities in Chile and located 399 km south of Santiago.

 

Attractions

Cathedral of Chillán

Cathedral of Chillán
Cathedral of Chillán

Architecturally designed with 11 parabolic arcs at different heights. Its construction started in 1941, after the tragic earthquake of 1939 destroyed the old church.

At the entrance of the enclosure, you can see a mosaic about the life of Jesus, created by the artist Dalmati Rubio. Inside is a wooden Christ made ​​in Italy.

Next to the church stands a large cross of 39 m higth in memory of those killed in that earthquake.

 


Handycraft market

Handycraft market
Handycraft market

One of the most important craft centers in Chile which exhibits and sells the various crafts such as ceramics, textiles, baskets and wood carvings. Alongside these products there is an abundance of agricultural products. Enjoy also the large variety of exquisite Creole food preparations.


Market of Chillán

Market of Chillán
Market of Chillán

This is a landmark for the whole country. Not only for its picturesque but also for the great variety of objects and products of the cottage industry of the greater area.

The market is famouse for goods made of Quinchamalí clay. But there are also other highly sofisticated products made of white clay handicrafts, leather and braids.


Thermas of Chillán

Thermas of Chillán
Thermas of Chillán

Ski and Spa Resort in the Andes of world class, the beauty of its landscape and the congregation of different cultures in the admiration of a doomsday place. The three restaurants of the highest quality gourmet menues as well as the first Boutique Casino in Chile with breathtaking landscapes provide excellent opportunity for relaxation and entertainment.

Located next to the Chillán volcano on 1.800mts above the sea and 83 km east of the city of Chillan, the Therma has excellent access throughout the year.


Murals of Siqueiros y Guerrero

Murals of Siqueiros y Guerrero
Murals of Siqueiros y Guerrero

In 1939 a strong earthquake struck the city of Chillán leaving the city in ruins and a balance of fatalities near 10,000. As an act of solidarity the artists Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros and Xavier Guerrero from Mexico arrived in the middle of 1940 in Chillan. They left their works embodied in schools: David Alfaro Siqueiros mural  "Death to the Invader" on the right in the Library Pedro Aguirre Cerda while Xavier Guerrero decorated the lobby of the School Mexico donated by the nation with fresh "from Mexico to Chile."


Nature Sanctuary and Reserve of Niblinto Huemules

Nature Sanctuary and Reserve of Niblinto Huemules
Nature Sanctuary and Reserve of Niblinto Huemules

The reserve comprises 9553.5 hectares at an altitudes between 800 and 2,100 meters. 7,530 hectares are belonging to the Nature Sanctuary and the remaining 2,002 to the National Reserve. Both were created with the help of the Zoological Society.

Its purpose is to protect the last population of huemules of central Chile. This is a heraldic mammal. These andean deers are an endangered species and once lived to the south of river Cachapoal.

You'll find about 121 species of plant type and a large diversity of fauna such as 26 mammals, 49 birds, 7 reptiles and 4 amphibians.


San Francisco Museum

San Francisco Museum
San Francisco Museum

The museum is located in the San Francisco complex which consists of a cloister and a church constructed between 1907 and 1937. Cloister and church were opened in Chillán Viejo to serve as headquarters of the Franciscan missions. Here you find the San Francisco Museum of Chillán which has a good collection of historical and religious exhibits.


Interactiv Museum Claudio Arrau

Interactiv Museaum Claudio Arrau
Interactiv Museaum Claudio Arrau

The museum honors and recognizes the cultural figure of this illustrious son with a worldwide reputation. The exhibition and the shown items inform about a master of life and the career of Claudio Arrau the famous Chilean pianist.