The City of Talcahuano (Spanish) is especially proud of its carnival, which takes place each year. This community tradition is marked by queens of the Sea, Flowers, and the Carnival. Everyone in the community participates, including children, young people, and women. They fill the streets with costumed celebrants dancing and singing. The carnival began early in the 20th Century to celebrate the arrival of spring.
The Port of Talcahuano contains many sights that visitors will enjoy. The ironclad Hauscar was captured from the Peruvian navy in 1879 during the War of the Pacific. Named after a Peruvian Inca, it was built in England in 1865. It rests in the Naval Base today, and can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday.
The Plazoleta Maria Isabel marks the spot where the frigate of the same name beached in 1818 in an attempt to evade Chilean ships during the war of Independence from Spain. The first act of the Independence of Chile was signed by General Bernardo O’Higgins Requelme, Chile’s Supreme Director, at Morrillo De Perales in the Port of Talcahuano. The Stadium “El Morro” was built in 1949 and can hold ten thousand spectators.
The Ram Poderoso (Spanish), a 1911 tugboat built in Liverpool, England, was used to recover anchors, chains, and buoys from the sea floor. It was also used to position submarine pipes, anchor buoys, and support ship maneuvers. It was declared a National Monument in 1994 for its importance to the culture and history of Chilean shipping.
The Parque Ecologico Tumbes preserves a rich and diverse native coastal forest where you can find marine animals and birds. The Caleta Tumbes, located at the end of the peninsula, is home to a community of fishermen who build fishing boats and represent the long history of the Port of Talcahuano.
The Port of Talcahuano is home to many distinctive and unique sculptures and many beautiful murals that represent the best of Latin American art and Chilean culture.