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Sernatur’s Bío Bío Winter Fair

Sernatur’s Bío Bío Winter Fair
June 19
18:33 2014

Frost, sniffling, cranky mood and staying behind closed doors? If these are your connotations to the coldest season of the year, it is high time to cure your winter phobia in the Bío bío region. How do a stay at the eco cabins, skiing on the largest slope of South America and pure relaxation in the hot springs sound?

SANTIAGO — Everything the region around Chillán has to offer is displayed at the Feria de Invierno courtesy of  Sernatur, Chile’s national tourist service. At today’s inauguration the national director of Senartur, Nicolás Mena, along with Paola Nuñez from Bío Bío and Fernández Guiñez, the mayor of Pinto in the Bío Bío region expressed their affection for this destination and welcomed over 20 exhibitors who will convey its attraction.

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Inauguration of the Winter fair. Photo: Saskia Klosius/ I Love Chile

The fair’s duration is today and tomorrow from 10am-6pm in the Sernatur building on Avenida Providencia 1550.

It is free of charge and includes the tasting delicious local sample platters and a delightful wine as well as the sale of handicrafts. Guests can also take part in a raffle if sharing pictures from the fair on social networks and obtain discounts for their journey.

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Tasty food samples of the Chillán region. Photo: Sernatur

Let the amiable exhibitors tell you about some of the endless possibilities you can incorporate in your trip to Bío Bío. From how to get there over a homey stay to invigorating outdoor activities in immediate proximity to the Andes and more – you will be assisted in any way as the top-notch tips come first-hand recommended.

An insider-tip which will give your adventurous trip certainly a novel touch and spare the purity of the surrounding natural ambiance is a stay at the Ecobox Andin. Rosa María Lama, the architect and general manager of the project, tells me of the conception of the environmentally caring mountain cabins amid the Ñirre tree forest, which are a tourist magnet.

Previous guests have described their holidays in the Ecoboxes as “peaceful, quiet, regenerating and magical” granting them high ratings for a comfortable stay at the lodges, which include kitchens, a hot tub, a pool and a wood-burning fireplace among other highlights.

The 5 cabins are themed so travellers can choose whether to soar to the Sky Lodge, soak up Vitamin D from the Sun Lodge, seek shelter in the Earth Lodge, blend in with their surroundings in the Forest Lodge or dream peacefully in the newly-built exuberant Moon Lodge.

A stay at the cabins, which have been built from modified containers and designed in a way that they impede the cycle of nature in the least possible way, does not involve extended journeys to chosen excursion spots – on the contrary. Located in the Las Trancas Valley and only 8 km from the ski resort Termas de Chillán where you can pursue your passion of all the mountain sports imaginable or enjoy a pleasant spa experience. Here your ski outing will be maximized by the longest slope of the South American continent which has snow all year round.

Verdict: Bío Bío is an unforgettable and fairly-priced alternative compared to other tourist destinations, so pack your skis and off you go.

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is from Germany – where she studied English and Spanish – but can be found travelling all over the world. She is passionate about writing, exploring the world, sushi and everything out of the ordinary. Some of her all-time favorite authors are Hemingway, Bukowski and Kerouac.

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