Southern Heartland attractions

Top Choice Village in Pichilemu

Cahuil

This little village has good ocean views and a few restaurants and cabins. Head to the bridge for a 30-minute boat tour of the Laguna de Cahuil (CH$5000 per boat with up to five people), and to purchase local cerami…
National Park in Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

The upper basin of the Río Claro marks the beginning of the ecological transition between drought-tolerant Mediterranean vegetation to the north and moist evergreen forests to the south. Here, 78km southeast of Curi…
Museum in Santa Cruz

Museo de Colchagua

Exhibiting the impressive private collection of controversial entrepreneur and alleged arms dealer Carlos Cardoen, this is the largest private museum in Chile. The collection includes pre-Columbian anthropomorphic c…
National Park in Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay

Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay

The great range of challenging hikes at this well-organized, easily accessible national park will leave you as short of breath as the fabulous views. Its 121 sq km cover high-Andean steppes, lagoons and deciduous fo…
National Park in Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta

Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta

Between Angol and the Pacific, the coast range rises to 1550m within the 68-sq-km Parque Nacional Nahuelbuta, one of the last non-Andean refuges of araucarias, or monkey-puzzle trees. In summer, other interesting pl…
National Park in Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja

Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja

Some 93km east of Los Angeles you'll find the 116-sq-km Parque Nacional Laguna del Laja. Within the park is the symmetrical cone of Volcán Antuco (2985m). Lava from this volcano dammed the Río Laja, creating the lak…
Museum in Concepción

La Casa del Arte

The massive, fiercely political mural La Presencia de América Latina is the highlight of the university art museum La Casa del Arte. It's by Mexican artist Jorge González Camarena, a protégé of the legendary muralis…
Park in Lota

Parque Botánico Isidora Cousiño

This stunning 14-hectare park is down the road from Mina Chiflón del Diablo, an undersea mine that's now a popular tourist attraction. Paths wind through a mix of manicured flower beds, small ponds and wilder woodla…
Church in Chillán

Catedral de Chillán

On the northeast corner of Chillán's main square stands the stark, modernist Catedral de Chillán. Built in 1941, its soaring semi-oval form is made of a series of earthquake-resistant giant arches. The 36m-high cros…
Market in Los Angeles

Vega Techada

Los Angeles is at the heart of Chile's agricultural region and its market is one of the country's biggest and best. Expect towering pyramids of both familiar and exotic fruits and vegetables alongside stands selling…