Concepcion is one of Chile’s most modern and beautiful cities, boasting tourist-friendliness with a rich Spanish history and an atmosphere of industry. Concepcion’s airport is the Carriel Sur International Airport, located on the outskirts of the city.
Concepcion is located roughly in the middle of Chile itself, is particularly well-known for its vibrant musical scene, and is one of Chile’s centers of learning and scientific research, boasting over a dozen universities.
Airlines That Fly To Concepcion
At present, only regional airlines like JetSmart, Sky Airline, Latin American Wings, and LATAM Chile regularly fly to Concepcion, with most flights departing from Santiago. These flights are regular, short, and cheap—but getting to Santiago in the first place might not be.
When To Book A Flight To Concepcion
Flying to Concepcion will be pricey year-round because it’s a popular destination for Chileans as well as foreign tourists. The summertime peaks in November and December, with temperatures in the high 60s.
If you don’t mind wearing a jacket and getting a little wet, booking a ticket in July will be a bit cheaper because the weather is consistently a bit uglier in Concepcion, as is the case in many other Chilean cities.
What To Expect When Arriving At Carriel Sur International Airport
The facilities at Carriel Sur International Airport are relatively limited, though it does have a currency exchange and a single immigration office which only exists because of the airport’s status as an emergency landing alternative to Santiago’s airports, which regularly accommodates international flights.
You can catch a taxi right outside the front doors of the airport, or potentially walk to your destination. If you plan on exploring the countryside around Concepcion, letting Skyscanner help you rent a car is probably the best choice.
What To See And Do In Concepcion
Concepcion’s music scene is what draws tourists and Chileans to cafes and music venues to hear the Chilean interpretation of rock music. Most restaurants will have live music, though the quality of the bands will vary, typically with the quality of the restaurant.
Tourists should check out the central market near the Independence Plaza. The market offers endless rows of fruit stalls and also the occasional stall with aboriginal goods. If you’re not sure how to get to the central market, just find Calle Comercio, which translated literally means Commerce Street. The market takes up the majority of the street’s sidewalks, and more.
Concepcion is the second largest city in Chile, and so it has many of the features that you’d expect of a medium-sized city—except an effective tourism bureau. There are many historical landmarks and areas of interest in Concepcion demarcating the transition away from the Spanish colonial period, but the tourism industry is too fractured and doesn’t have enough English speakers—or speakers of other languages—to successfully turn this rich history into guided tours. Be sure to do some extra planning on sites you’d like to visit before you visit Concepcion, and you won’t have a problem.