Destination guide: Termas de Chillan, Chile

The Chillan Hot Springs thermal and ski center is surrounded by the impressive nature of Chile’s Andean foothills, approximately 1,600 meters above sea level. Throughout the year, it receives hundreds of visitors, who come to take advantage of the therapeutic properties of the water and to do winter sports.

  • Termas de Chillan - Things to do

    Sights

    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-ovaloid form is made of a series of earthquake-resistant giant arches. The 36m-high cross next to it commemorates the thousands of Chillán residents who died in the 1939 earthquake.

    Latitude: -36.6068700000000 / Longitude: -72.1020202636719
    Sub-Type: Religious, Spiritual
    Opening Hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Sat, 10am-2pm Sun
    Address: cnr Av Libertad & Arauco

    Museo San Francisco

    Chillán's Museo San Francisco displays historical materials of the missionary order that, from 1585, settled in the area from Chillán in the north to Río Bueno in the south. It also includes letters from liberator Bernardo O'Higgins, who spent some of his childhood under the auspices of the Franciscan priests. The museum is in the church opposite Plaza General Lagos.

    Latitude: -36.6047796515385 / Longitude: -72.0962333679199
    Sub-Type: Museum
    International Number: (56-42) 211 634
    Opening Hours: 09:00-12:00 & 14:00-18:30 Tue-Sat
    Pricing: admission free
    Address: Sargento Aldea, City Center
    Extras: the church opposite Plaza General Lagos

    Restaurants

    Mercado Central

    Pint-sized cocinerías (greasy-spoon cafés) abound in this atmospheric setting; the paila marina seafood stew is the big specialty. You can't miss row upon row of the longaniza (sausage), a Chillán specialty, dangling from the surrounding butchers' stalls.

    Latitude: -36.6102399502674 / Longitude: -72.1013188362122
    Sub-Type: Eat
    Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 Mon-Sat
    Price Range: Moderate
    Address: Maipón, City Center
    Extras: btwn 5 de Abril & Isabel Riquelme