The Bio Bío River Valley is a scenic drive along the Bio Bío to the Pangue dam and Alto Bio Bío, for the adventurous continuing on into the heart of the

The Bio Bío River Valley is a scenic drive along the Bio Bío to the Pangue dam and Alto Bio Bío, for the adventurous continuing on into the heart of the

The province of the Bio Bío is a favorite stop for tourists on their way south, the Bio Bío river serving as a natural boundary between central and south Chile. Before the town of Los Angeles, the Salto del Laja waterfall is the largest waterfall in Chile, located just off the main Pan-American, where the Laja River crashes down into deep pools. The area has hotels and campsites, restaurants and swimming pools.

South of Salto del Laja falls lays Los Angeles, the capital of the Bio Bío River Province, 514 km south of Santiago and the gateway to the Lake District. Los Angeles, with its many restaurants and hotels in and outside the town as well as shopping, is a popular starting point for tourism.

The region offers many and varied excursions to national parks and scenic drives into remote areas. The Nahuelbuta National Park, 2 1/2 hours Southwest of Los Angeles (38 km west of Angol), offers panoramic views of ancient Araucaria forests and many hikes and trails. Laguna del Laja National Park is another day excursion to the volcanic region of the Laja River and Antuco Volcano, directly east of Los Angeles.

The Bio Bío River Valley is a scenic drive along the Bio Bío to the Pangue dam and Alto Bio Bío, for the adventurous continuing on into the heart of the

Andes Mountains, where there are many Indian villages and remote, spectacular scenery. Camping, thermal springs and cabins are also available on this route.

Many small communities are also within close proximity of Los Angeles and offer a view of Chilean life in the people.

The Bio Bío Province depends on forestry and agriculture as its principal industries, tourism being a quickly-growing and valuable resource in a region with ample natural exuberance.