As one drives down into Dichato, he immediately recognizes that the quality of construction and infrastructure is much better than dumpy, larger Tomé directly south of it. The surrounding pine forests also add a pleasant feature to the town’s surrounding landscape.
Downtown, near the beach, one can also see many refurbished areas or reconstructed parks. I was very impressed with all that had been going on since the earthquake, and I remarked to one passer-by that he and the others in Dichato must really love President Piñera for all that he has done for the town. Nothing doing. Most of the Concepción metro area is hardcore leftist, and there was no way this guy I was talking to would ever admit that Piñera had done something nice for his town–despite the fact that Piñera’s center-left government has done far more for Dichato in three years than twenty years’ effort of further left governments prior had done.
Nonetheless, even three years later, one can see remnants of houses blasted by the tsunami. Concrete and steel are simply no match for massive, rapid displacements of sea water.
On the north end of town there is a private, gated, upper-middle class community called Pingueral. It is a fairly well-done community, with nice circular parks and flowers, in a setting of pine trees and a nice beach front. While the place is not posh or elegant by upper class standards, it is still notably nicer than any other development in the area. The following images capture homes, parks, foliage, beaches and scenery in and around the project. Notable, nearly all of the roads were unsurfaced, uncomfortable dirt.
If one had to live in Concepción, Pingueral would not be such a bad choice. The Chilean south provides a number of relaxing beach options, many of which are small and out-of-the-way. If one has the time, such places are worth visiting. Sightseeing and enjoying natural attractions, even those five or six hours away, certainly makes living in Santiago more delightful.
Be sure to check out our sustainable community project, Freedom Orchard, at www.vergellibertad.com.
The Overseasradio.com website also has Dr. Cobin’s abridged book (56 pages): Chile: A Primer for Expats ($19), or the little book can also be obtained directly by following the aforementioned PayPal steps.
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