Los Vilos

(The snakes)

Beach in Los Vilos, Chile

Beach in Los Vilos, Chile

Los Vilos has a population of 10.980 and is a flourishing bathing resort, currently is the embarking port for the mining company Pelambres. In 1855, Los Vilos was an export point for minerals and agricultural produce of the Choapa Valley. Los Vilos still keeps its ancient deck, the former station transformed into a bus station, and next to it, a port warehouse from 1860, today converted into an attractive Cultural Warehouse (Bodegón Cultural).

Los Vilos success lies in the fact that it’s an important services center for a thriving tourist area that has developed in Totoralillo, Bahía Azul (Blue Bay) and Cascabeles, plus being the main bathing resort for all the inland towns from Petorca to Combarbalá. It has more than twenty hotels, motels, lodges, campsites, besides elegant restaurants and popular fishing creek, beaches and dance places.

Take the oceanside road (costanera) to the South, passing by the gastronomical stands (módulos gastronómicos), and continue until it ends at the Las Conchas Creek (caleta las Conchas). Go back on the oceanside road passing by the old dock (muelle antiguo), the San Pedro Creek (caleta San Pedro) and journey the Grande Beach (Playa Grande) with its pedestrian sidewalk and benches.

To finish the trip, visit the surprising Cultural Warehouse of Los Vilos. Run by a private corporation that presents art exhibits and has a ceramic workshop onsite, that using modern techniques tries to design a superior quality ceramic maintaining at the same time the formal aspects of the regional culture. It’s worth a visit. During Summer is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:30 am to 1 pm and 2:30 pm to a 7 pm. During Winter, from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 1:30 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm. The admission ticket costs $500.

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One Response

  1. sonaalrocks Says:

    A comprehensive explanation of what to do when in Los Vilos. I’ve been there too and what took me two full days to explore, you could easily manage with these instructions in lesser time. And the time you save can be invested in a late night bash at some dance bar. And believe me, you will have a tough time choosing between the vast options there.

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