Chile's rich history of art and culture
are a beacon even among the heritage-rich nations of South America. If you're looking to experience the nation's creative soul first-hand, there aren't many better destinations than the bustling city of Concepción. Packed with museums and plenty of shopping and dining, Concepción earns a place on the itinerary of any visitor to Chile. Experience it in comfort with one of our Concepción vacation rentals!
Where is Concepción?
Concepción lies over 300 miles southwest of Santiago
, near the coast of Central Chile. While it's closer to the backcountry of Los Lagos
than it is to the nation's capital, make no mistake: Concepción is a cultural center to rival Santiago. World-famous Chilean rock bands like Los Tres and Los Bunkers got their start in Concepción, so you might want to consider making a music mix to enjoy at your Concepción vacation rental!
Art and History in Concepción
Concepción's other nickname is "the university city," well-earned due to its massive number of colleges. Odds are there's one within a short walk or bus ride from your Concepción vacation rental! The University of Concepción is without a doubt the most prominent. It offers a gorgeous campus that often hosts art exhibitions and performances. Other institutes like the Universidad San Sebastián or Universidad del Desarrollo offer more lush campuses to explore.
There's even more wonders to take in outside of Concepción's institutes of higher education. Tour Chile's incredible heritage at the Casa del Arte and admire paintings from many eras. These include a jaw-dropping mural by Jorge González celebrating Latin American independence. Don't forget to check out the stunning architecture and stained-glass windows of the Catedral de la Santísima Concepción!
Outdoor Activities & More in Concepción
If a wealth of cultural heritage weren't enough, Concepción also features a wide selection of outdoor parks to explore. Ecuador Park features green, tree-lined fields ideal for strolling, as well as a skate park for kids and tennis courts. It wouldn't be Concepción without a bit of history, so naturally, Ecuador Park also offers some museums.
The eerie ruins of the Teatro Enrique Molina and the exhibits of the Galeria de la Historia are only a quick walk away from one another. South of the park is the Cerro Caracol, a forested hill with plenty of birds, monuments to admire, and trails to hike. When you're ready to take it easy, head back to town to explore its varied shopping and dining options.
Concepción is a center of business tourism in southern Chile, which means there's a thriving selection of elegant seafood, fusion dishes, and mall food courts to explore. If you prefer, you can take advantage of both local groceries and sprawling supermarkets to find ingredients for cooking back at your Concepción vacation rental.
Our Concepción vacation rentals let you explore its multitude of moving cultural experiences. Start planning your trip today!
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