Las Encinas 80, Sector Maule, Coronel. - (41) 2496742 - 89761133 - 68360395 -

For those who like nature, the place is an attraction in itself. It has a high natural and scenic value. It has a rich fauna and flora with a biodiversity of birds and aquatic vegetation worthy of preserving. It corresponds to one of the few natural enclaves that are left inside Coronel.

Vista del estero Maule desde Casa Schwager










This is the perfect place for those who like to spend an afternoon rest, quiet and in contact with the sea, sunbathing on the sand or listening to the ocean waves that seem to earth starts to bite place.



















First inhabitants of Maule:

The coast of Maule, along the coast of Lebu is one of the areas where there was one of the oldest primitive settlements of America, as found bones in primitive indigenous cemeteries near the foot of the hills formed by siliceous sands.


A wide variety of middens and utensils gray quartzite tipped arrow and toothed baleen found in its subsoil, shows that there was a massive population in place during the pre-pottery period.























Among the rocks, clinging to life, amid the unforgiving waves, algae remain stoic, growing in the fecundity of our mother earth.Maule rocks exhibit abundant expression of various types of marine vegetation, which on its shores are displayed for all viewers, forming tiny forests and meadows fantastical manifestations of one of the most ancient expressions of life on this planet.




It is unknown whether this complex includes sketch of pre-pottery industry, but it is believed that lasted until the agro-potter as a gatherer lifestyle of fishermen period.




















Pescadores de Caleta Maule





Por el norte la desembocadura del estero….



















Estero Boca Maule




…Y por el sur una pequeña caleta de pescadores, reminiscencia de los pescadores originarios del lugar. 

















Foto tomada desde Playa Maule


Al caer la tarde, en pleno invierno, los atardeceres de Maule, generan colores ardientes en el horizonte, un pesquero retorna a la caleta de Coronel, con la captura a tope, hasta más allá de la línea de flotación, donde el mar casi entra por la borda. Es el tesón y el arrojo de los bravos del Butanmapu.

















Desde cerca del roquerío conocido como "Poza de las Monjas”, en la zona norte de la playa de Maule, mirando en esa misma dirección, las tormentas de invierno dejan sus huellas. Al fondo se aprecian los cerros de la desembocadura del río Biobío, conocidas como "Los Senos del Biobío".


Butan facade Pub Restaurant

















Going up Calle Las Encinas, the two primitive palms forward, find the oasis of Bhutan.

























Aerial view of Maule sector with its beach, coastal and houses in the hills. Butan is highlighted with a red circle on the heights.




Faced with Butan they will find the Hostal Altos del Maule, which is an Anglophile house built in 1910 for the administrator of the coal.

















House Alglófila neighborhood Maule - Coronel



















House Anglophile neighborhood Maule - Photo 1910







House Schwager:


Continuing the journey from Butan, you can walk between groves Schwager way to the House, in the sector of greater height of Maule.


















Anglophile handle built for Federico Schwager (pioneer Coal) in the hills of Maule. He died before he could move. It was built in 1870 and later enlarged and remodeled in 1936. By its glazed galleries are also watching the panorama offered by the house, where you could see the Pacific Ocean and the main geographical references of Butanmapu and around the Gulf of Arauco.Contiguous to the house its fleet of approximately 8 hectares was with numerous specimens of exotic trees and plants, plus a golf course, trails and walks. Over time, the house Schwager became an icon that symbolized prosperity and refinement.On multiple occasions, the house dressed up and received connoted guests. Illustrious list in 1943 included the visit of US Vice President Henry Walasse. The same happened with the presidents González Videla, Salvador Allende and Jorge Alessandri, so it was also called the "House of the Presidents". They also housed the Queen Fabiola of Belgium and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth of England and Fidel Castro (former president of Cuba). Even the king of "Pelé" Stayed football in 1961, while the Brazilian team made sports in the Federico Schwager Stadium.Today, the house belongs to Schwager Andronico Luksic Abaroa Foundation and corresponds to one of the buildings most admired by the coronelina community.






No doubt the Barrio de Maule is a beautiful, mystical and historical place because their homes have an English style and were built in the late nineteenth century by Federico Schwager, when the coal industry in Chile was at its peak.


















With his English touch, its characteristic porches and skylights, some wealthy and needy space owners have introduced the original design.

Maule houses, by the sea give the sector a very special and unique touch. Realize better times, avenues with gardens without bars giving the environment a concept of English park. In front the beach and the beautiful sea, leaves an indelible memory in the memory of all who have a special affection for the history of our country.






Chiflón N°4 in Maule Beach:


When descending from Butan to the beach, take the coastal road north. There you will find the ruins of an ancient Chiflón coal. One of the exploits of persevering Federico Schwager.



















Chiflón N° 4: Built by Federico Schwager in 1870. Unica coal mine in the world built between low and high tide. It was closed in 1924.



















 Stone and concrete structure: Chiflón N° 4 on the beach of Maule.





Many visitors to Butan, unaware of the rare stone structure that lies at the foot of the beach. They think it's a kind of sculpture or an old emissary. But no, it is the ruins of one of the first miners dugouts built by Federico Schwager in 1870. The structure corresponds to the entry point to the mine, known then as the Chiflón No. 4, which plunged about 16 meters deep and then move for about a mile into the sea underground.


















Foto de 1874 del Chiflón Nº 4 de playa Maule

















Chifón Nº 4, con su playa y costanera. Unica mina en el mundo construida entre la alta y baja marea. “Nunca sabe el hombre de lo que es capaz de hacer, sino hasta que lo intenta.”



















Chiflón Nº 4  Maule - Coronel


Federico Schwager demostró que un hombre de grandes sueños es capaz de cambiar la historia.






Costanera and Playa Barrio Maule


Undoubtedly one of the great attractions that owns the district of Coronel, in addition to its history and legend, is his condition coastal city. The communal territory (continental) has approximately 14 miles of coastline to the Pacific Ocean, which highlights some of their spas. One of them corresponds to the resort of Maule.



















Playa Maule y Chiflón Nº 4 al fondo.


Maule spa has a length of approximately 1 mile. One of the main attractions of this beach is the beauty that give its black and gray sand, which occurs in very few parts of the world and generated great astonishment among foreign tourists.





It is rare to find black sand beaches, and only found in areas where the presence of volcanoes. However, this is a very special case, since the color of the sand is the product of volcanic sediments that the Biobio river carries along its 187 miles, from the volcanoes of the Andes to the Pacific Ocean. This amazing phenomenon of nature gives the coronelina coast a rare, unique and special beauty, which makes it of great interest to visitors.















While the beach is not suitable for swimming due to the danger of the waves, it is visited throughout the year for their outstanding conditions for surfing.And is also considered by experts as one of the best places intercommune for shore fishing and recreational fishing, where every year championship that keep this activity alive are organized.
















¿Sport, entertainment, friendship, hobby, necessity? No matter what the reason ... So many are flocking to Maule in vehicles or on their bikes to see if they can fish from shore, a fish that falls into their hooks and ... in their stomachs.






Surfing in Maule Beach (Coronel):

During the summer, the small spa open access meets a tributary of average public that does not exceed 500 people. However, the place is preferred by visitors for its unique tranquility, either to the delight of the landscape or sunbathing.

















Surfista Maulino en playa Maule - Coronel






Humedal y Estero Maule:
















Other places close to stroll and visit this the mouth of the Estero Maule and Boca Maule Humedal.
















Maule river mouth tideland – Coronel

















Wetland Boca Maule - Coronel



















Viewpoint to the estuary and wetland Boca Maule



Desde las terrazas de Bután las vistas son inigualables El antiguo Club Social Maule  (hoy club de campo de la Caja de Compensación 18 de Septiembre) se observa desde sus alturas.



























Vista desde Bután hacia Ex Casino Club Social Maule

(Fundado en 1926)




















Golfo de Arauco y Punta Lavapie al atardecer, desde la terraza de Bután


En Bután Pub Restaurant, la historia, la mitología y la leyenda no tienen fin.







Moby Dick and the Gulf of Arauco

The American writer Herman Melville, author of the famous book Moby Dick, was inspired as a child with the sea was in front of his home, then his experiences as a whaler in the Gulf of Arauco and the Mocha island off the coast of Lebu and Lavapié, south of Coronel, led him to capture that famous representative story of all humanity.

























Mocha Dick, the sperm whale Coronelinas costs. Still they are beached on the shores of Coronel and Lota, in the wake of primitive instincts legacy for millennia.







The Battle of Coronel and mystery Treasury Dresden:


In Butan history surprises us. Contemplating the Pacific from its terraces, the Battle of Coronel and Odyssey Dresden German war ship feels here.


















German fleet in Chilean coast. (1914)




The Battle of Coronel or Battle of the day of All Saints was a naval battle of the First World War that was fought in Chilean territorial waters off the Bay of Coronel between the fleet of the German admiral Maximilian von Spee, composed cruises battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau light cruisers Leipzig, Nuremberg, Dresdeny composed by the Glasgow British fleet, the cruiser Monmouth, the packet become auxiliary cruiser Otranto and cruise Good Hope, under the command of Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock, where they were sunk the Good Hope and Monmouth on November 1, 1914, dying Admiral Cradock and nearly 2,000 officers and seafarers in battle. This event has a real importance given that marked the beginning of the end of British rule and changing course of history.



 Today, one hundred years after the battle, the only tomb of these men is this sea.


















S.M.S Dresden




The German light cruiser "Dresden" was sunk by its own crew in March 1915 near Juan Fernandez, after fleeing the British enemy forces for three months in the fjords south of Chiloe, where he had sought refuge after the battle battle of Coronel and Falkland islands in the context of the First World War. Having already low on fuel, ammunition exhausted and worn machines, was bombed three British warships that had been located at Dresden in Cumberland Bay Juan Fernández. Given the desperate situation, Captain Lüdecke had requested shortly before the neutral Chile detention of the crew.Many sailors survived the misfortune, settling later in Chile. Of these men comes a story that looks more like a myth, and that indicates that the Dresden brought from Mexico and hidden in her bilge an invaluable Maya treasure Lüdecke with a group of sailors full confidence would have hidden at the bottom of each fjords while remained hidden in them. The treasure would have no material value as such, but an unexpected intangible value that would have implications for the revelation of the mysterious origins of humanity.



En route to Butan, you will realize that we are not the land of happiness, but we are working to be. Our mission is to give Coronel a distinctive experience in the world of gastronomy, tourism and culture, with a service that exceeds their expectations, positioning us as the focus of these operations, and allowing the development of our employees a good working environment.

Our essence is to provide an alternative view of life, which proposes to earth and our origins as an inspiring source of growth and personal satisfaction. With an approach that will surprise visitors with the historical significance of the place, set in the context of changes and evolutionary processes that occurred during the conquest and subsequent industrialization of coal.




















 It all started as a child when my father showed me a "ammonite" petrified of 65 million years and they had found in a task of the Schwager coal mine. That day began my passion for researching the origins of life in this area which was land and cradle of prehispanic ethnic birthplace of the immortal warriors in our history. I also met other brave history that preceded them, like those pioneers coal brought new seeds for industrialization. Thus grew my admiration and respect for this country and our people. However I bothered me the lack of national identity of the majority of Chileans.I began to realize that we have a spirit island, admiring foreign, but not value self and see as foreign cultural influence permeates our youth with its multiple expressions.Butan was born, which is the cornerstone of an innovative gastronomic, tourist and cultural project, a representative mark or a symbol that is the essence of everything. 


Butan in Mapudungun means "Wholeness" and Butanmapu "All the Land". So the architectural and decorative design as their natural environment, are designed under this brand concept, whose Mapuche philosophy and red casts its essence of strength, energy and balance.















He isotype of Butan, is an abstraction of Kultrun, which iconically represents the corporate and business concept focus and balance the symmetry of its four cardinal points equidistant essential spiritual elements in the worldview of the Mapuche culture.

In short, Butan is the product of my interest in sharing with others is full of feelings and place knowledge acquired through my life on exciting topics of our history as human beings, as South Americans and as Chileans.



Andres Castillo






Directions from Concepcion.


To reach Butan Pub Restaurant from Concepcion accessed via Route 160, the main urban artery that connects Concepción-San Pedro-Coronel.


Galvarino milestone:

It is recommended to go to visit the Hito Park Galvarino access to Squadron, 1 mile sector before reaching Coronel, the central milestone is a memorial to the mettle monument that showed the toqui Galvarino, Mapuche ancestral warrior, when be captured by the Spanish troops in the legendary "Battle of Lagunillas" (1557) and suffer the ordeal meant cutting his hands.


Galvarino milestone - Coronel - Squadron sector.




















On November 8, 1557, the Spanish commanding troops Garcia Hurtado de Mendoza, crossing the Biobío River from Concepción and move in search of toqui Lautaro to Coronel, densely populated area in those days by Mapuche tribes. Mendoza wants to avenge the death of Pedro de Valdivia though not know Lautaro died in April of that year. His onslaught triggered bloody and exhausting battles with indigenous emplaced in place. The Mapuches retreated against the onslaught of the white man, the Spaniards were in pursuit capturing one of its most important military leaders in the "Battle of Lagunillas" .


In the epic, they took prisoner Toqui Galvarino, but toqui Caupolicán managed to flee to Cañete. When Galvarino, knew he would be mutilated, he looked challenging at the head of the conquerors and advanced foolhardy to where he would be subjected to cruel torture. Time, Galvarino put one arm on the trunk, waiting for the sharp blow of the ax. Then immediately he puts with the same calm the other hand, even his head on the trunk so that is the cut off. Finally Galvarino that did not happen and was released as a warning example for the rest of the Mapuches.

On site, there is a tall cliff, formed primitive rough seabed. The summit of this was used as a lookout by the Spanish to contemplate the battle that unfolded in the plain between that sector and what is known today as population Lagunillas.










Federico Schwager Stadium:

After this exciting tour, full of courage and heroism, continue to Coronel. Arriving at By Pass that precedes it, continue Lagunillas sector parallel to the railway then through the population Camilo Olavarria. Passing under an old step forward by street level 300 meters Carlos Prats and then take to the west Heroes Avenida de la Concepción, also known as Maule Road, past the Federico Schwager Stadium.














Federico Schwager Stadium. (Built in 1945)


It has an estimated 5,700 spectators capacity and it plays its home games the team Lota Schwager. Named after the pioneer of coal, linked to the boom in coal exploration in the lands of Coronel and Lota. It was built in 1945 by the National Coal Company (Enacar) of Chile, during the golden age of the mineral, and had a capacity of 10,000 spectators. In 1984 he was transferred to the sports club Lota Schwager, coinciding with the beginning of the coal crisis. Since 1994, the stadium belongs to the Municipality of Coronel, who decided to eliminate some aposentadurías to occupy them for other purposes, descending the current maximum capacity of 7,000 feet (5,700 seats).





Piques Arenas Blancas:


After crossing the Arenas Blancas Stadium Federico Schwager continue on Avda. Westwards until you reach the ruins of piques the Schwager coal mine.














Construction work began in 1942 and ended in 1956.This work of human ingenuity made his mark, being the deepest pique the world. With almost a thousand meters deep allowed the men penetrate into the bowels of the earth, and move 13 miles offshore through its galleries and 50 (m) under the bed of the sea.Its function was to transport cargo vertically by a pulley system or a steam engine. On June 25, 2008 were declared National Monument of Chile, in the category of Historical Monument.Was the persevering engineer William Ward who in 1942 began the excavation of this new mine and included vertical shafts 950 meters deep. The construction ended in 1956, when the derricks were installed.It was one of the first technological advances used by coal mines to replace manual traction or animals. The derricks have approximately 35 meters high and are located on the resentments N° 1 and N°2; the first is of reinforced concrete and the second metal structure. Through a system of pulleys or a steam engine, the derricks rising or descending one that was carrying miners or coal production.











Ex Administration Carboniferous Schwager:














Advancing towards the sea, they found an old corresponding to what were the headquarters administration building Schwager coal. Former administrative offices of the Carboniferous Schwager. Its facade was rebuilt multiple times by fire and earthquake damage. Still stands with its columns at the height of a hill. A symbol of what was once the empire of coal, standardizing to Olympus on earth.





Federico Guillermo Schwager Maginnes


He was born Valparaiso in 1823 and died in the high seas from Pernambuco (Brazil) on June 24, 1892. It was a Chilean businessman, one of the main drivers of the coal industry in the field of Lota and Coronel, in the present Province of Conception , Biobio Region. He was the founder of the Coal Company and Foundry Schwager. Schwager was born from the union between Friedrich William and Mary Schwager Maggins, although there are records of his baptism in the city of Liverpool, on June 14, 1825. His father was born in 1789 in the town of Zerbst (capital of the principality of Anhalt- Zerbst, part of the Holy Roman Empire, now Saxony Anhalt in Germany) and, for reasons unknown, came to Chile in the early nineteenth century. Working as a trader of shipping companies based in Valparaiso English origin met Maggins, with whom he married. The couple also had four daughters, Carolina, Marion, Luisa and Guillermina. By 1830, the patriarch Schwager participated in the founding of the German Club of Buenos Aires, while became involved in the insurance business as agent of a steamship company for the transport of coal, but these attempts were not successful financially. In July 1861, Friedrich W. Schwager died, leaving a lot of debts to the family, while his wife would in November 1866.Federico Schwager (known to his family as Fred) appears in the emerging coal Coronel area and the Gulf of Arauco in 1855 as a lender of Ramón Rojas, giving 12,000 pesos to promote their holdings in the La Huerta. Unlike Matias Cousino, Schwager not consolidated its stake in the coal chores until shortly before his death. In 1866, Schwager abandoned his activities in coal mining after suffering a serious accident getting off a tram in Valparaiso, selling its shares with his family in the Puchoco mine to Délano brothers. In this contract any provision prohibiting Schwager in the future to open a new chiflón on the coast to extract coal under the sea surface was not specified. So Schwager tried to return to the industry in 1870, acquiring mines Huerta and Boca Maule in 1875. result, he followed a dispute that led to a lawsuit with Délano which lasted between 12 and 13 years and which caused according to writings of the time, "a lot of trouble and money." na sea outlet completely destroyed and flooded mine Puchoco completely the mine in 1881. The loss of this caused great damage to the Banco de A. Edwards, who canceled loans to Délano brothers, who finally ended up selling all of its shares to the aged Federico Schwager. Later, shortly before his death, he founded a limited company, the Coal Company and Foundry Schwager, a mining industrial complex that would highlight its dynamism and entrepreneurship, which its founder never managed while he lived, and introduced the railway in southern Chile.On 24 June 1892, Federico Guillermo Schwager died at sea, at the height of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, while traveling to England, where he traveled to continually treated her health problems. Having no direct descendants, in his will he left his entire fortune and control of their companies to his sister Carolina Schwager Mac-Donald, which for years rentabilizó the investments of the Coal Company, multiplying his fortune. Upon the death in May 1928, Carolina Schwager left his inheritance to his nephews family Claude, of French origin Huguenot and who settled in Germany before leaving from Danzig to Valparaiso to participate as partners of the firm Tayleur, Claude & Co. of Liverpool. His eldest son, Claude Adolfo III had married the sister of Federico, Marion. Federico Schwager and Minna Claude administered the company since then, with the last members of the Schwager family to do so. In honor of Federico Schwager there is a monument in the front of the Ex Management Carboniferous Schwager, in the area of ​​Maule, through their influence on the development of the coal industry. Coronel, the Municipal Federico Schwager Stadium bears his name and he plays local football team, Lota Schwager. There was also a vapor, during the heyday of coal mining that bore his name. Federico Schwager (1823 - 1892)













































Faced with the former administration, take Calle Las Encinas rising towards the hills. About 200 meters from this point will encounter Butan Pub Restaurant, located on the heights of the hill that corresponds to the birth of the mountain range of Nahuelbuta and projecting to the south disappearing in the Mirador hill in the IX Region of Araucanía .Butan is emplaced at 80 meters above sea level, with a privileged view of the beach Maule neighborhood development built in the late nineteenth century by the coal company, intended for housing engineers and senior operators of the mine. In it you can see beautiful English-style buildings that reflect the splendor of what life was like in this sector when mining was at its peak. The place represents today one of the most important heritage areas in the history of coal in Chile.



















The architectural concept of the houses, gardens and urbanization of the Maule neighborhood setting, was conceived in the planning and direction of British engineers immigrants by the same company.