Famous for its rich industrial heritage, its current status as a young and energetic university city, and its long standing reputation as the birthplace of Chilean rock, Concepcion offers a wide variety of activities for all ages. As Chile's second largest metropolitan area, Concepcion provides insight into the country's culture and history. The region's long history of national industrial development can be explored through a visit to one of numerous museums, through tours, or by wandering the city streets. If you have always dreamed about having your own rock band, then you are sure to find a classic Chilean band or an emerging artist sharing their music at an inner city bar or venue. Whether it is a melody, the lush natural scenery, or a piece of nation's past, there is something to marvel at every corner.
Concepción was founded by Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia in 1550 to the north of the Bío Bío River, originally in the spot where modern day Penco is now located, therefore people from Concepción are called "Penquistas". On January 1st, 1818 Chile's independence from Spain was proclaimed in the "Plaza de Independencia" by Bernardo O’Higgins. As a result of many large scale earthquakes and tsunamis, which destroyed the town in 1570, 1657, 1687, 1730 and 1751, authorities relocated Concepción to the Valle de la Mocha, its current location, where it has flourished into the beautiful and modern city that it is today.
Traveling from The Santiago international Airport to Concepción
Here are some traveling options from the Santiago (Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez) International Airport to Concepción city.
The flight from Santiago to Concepción takes 50 minutes. When buying a plane ticket from Santiago (SCL) to Concepcion (CCP) your final destination would be The Carriel Sur Airport located 15 mins from downtown Concepcion. This route is served by two main Airlines LATAM and Sky Airline. Tickets and fares are available online at www.latam.com and www.skyairline.cl respectively.
Once arriving at the Concepción Carriel Sur Airport, there are several transfer services available with prices ranging from US$10 – USD$15 and taxis from US$10 – USD$20, which can take you to any destination within the city centre. Application services such as Uber also operate in and around Concepcion at very convenient fares.
By Bus/ Coach
You can also reach Concepción from Santiago by Bus. This service is provided by several bus lines with fares from USD$16 – USD$25 all located at one of Santiago’s two bus terminals.
To get to the Bus terminals, both located on Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, from the airport a transfer bus service is available and will take you directly to the TurBus Bus terminal for a cost of approximately USD$5. The trip takes around an hour and a half to reach the bus terminal, Taxis are also available with fares starting at USD$32 and the trip lasting no more than 45mins. Application services such as Uber also operate in and around Santiago, offering considerably lower fares to those offered by Taxis.
Tickets from Santiago to Concepción can be purchased at Ticket offices in either terminal with prices ranging from USD$25 – USD$35, travel time is approximately 6 hours and your preferred final destination should be the "Terminal de Buses Collao". Once arriving in the city of Concepcion, taxi services are available with fares starting at USD$12 to the downtown area along with public transportation (Buses and shared taxis) which cost approximately USD$1.
From Downtown to the University of Concepcion
The University is a fifteen-minute walk from downtown Concepción. From the Main Square on the corner of O’Higgins and Anibal Pinto Streets walk three blocks towards the Mall Del Centro, turn left on Pedro Aguirre Cerda, which runs diagonally towards Plaza Perú, and walk three more blocks. Once you reach Plaza Perú you will see the University of Concepcion directly across the street.