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The agricultural town of Rancagua does little to distinguish itself from others in the Central Valley with the exception of modern malls and department stores found along Paseo Independencia. Government has also kept its local historic buildings well maintained. The town is an ideal central place to be used as a platform to surrounding attractions such as the Chapa Verde Ski Resort, Reserva Nacional Rio los Cipreses and the hot springs at Termas de Cauquenes.


The Plaza de los Hero├ęs is named in memory of the Bernardo O'Higgins and his patriot soldiers that fought against the Royalists in 1814. Although the battle was lost, O'Higgins returned to the city four years later. There is now a statue in the center of the plaza memorializing the former leader.


Iglesia Catedral towers over the plaza. The church was originally erected in 1775 but received its Doric columns and double tower when it was rebuilt in 1861 after it sustained considerable damage during the battle between O'Higgins' forces and the Royalists.


A room can be easily found a few blocks from the train and bus stations. Hotel Espa├▒a located on San Mart├şn 367 is the best option for those on a budget. Hotel Aguila Real on Brasil 1045 is a mid-price range but there are few cheap choices beyond Hotel Espa├▒a. Hotel Camino del Rey at Estado 275 is pricier and not the best choice for the average backpacker.


There is an array of options for hungry tourists. Head to La Carpa Resto-Bar at 801 Jos├ę Berardo Cuevas for a swanky but more expensive meal. Scarf down a typical almuerzo at La Pica de Sancho, only a short stroll from the Plaza de los Hero├ęs at Estado 135, or relax at an outdoor table at Snack Paris at 301 Plaza Los Hero├ęs.

Neighborhoods in Rancagua: Around Rancagua,

Other places nearby Rancagua: Santa Cruz, Talca, San Fernando, Sewell, Concepción, Pichilemu, Los Angeles, Contulmo, Chillán and Curicó.

By Chris Hughes
Traveling South America to give Viva readers the most up-to-date information...
25 Jan 2009

Top Places in Rancagua


Dubbed ÔÇťthe city of stairways,ÔÇŁ Sewell is located 55km northeast of Rancagua (85km south of Santiago) and at an altitude of 2600m. It hosted numerous families from the El Teniente copper ...
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Iglesia Catedral

128317 NOTE: Closed until further notice, due to earthquake damage. The highlight of the Plaza de los Hero├ęs is the imposing, canary yellow Iglesia Catedral. The church, which was originally built in ...
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Plaza de los Heroes

128316Named to commemorate the town's patriot soldiers led by Bernardo O'Higgins, the Plaza de los Hero├ęs is the center of Rancagua. Caf├ęs offering helados line the east side of the square. Browse for ...
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Rancagua, Chile

Museo Regional de Rancagua

NOTE: Closed until further notice, due to earthquake damage. The Museo Regional de Rancagua occupies a beautiful, single-story 18th-century colonial house. Inside, several rooms show off its ...
Rancagua, Chile

Reserva National R├şo de los Cipreses

Approximately 15km down the road from the Termas de Cauquenes is 36 square kilometers of protected land called the Reserva Nacional Rio Los Cipreses. Take three or four days here to thoroughly enjoy ...
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Chapa Verde

Hit the slopes approximately 58 km east of Rancagua at the Chapa Verde Ski Resort. It was originally built for employees by Codelco, a government-owned copper corporation that runs nearby mines ...
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Termas de Cauquenes

Perched high above the R├şo Cachapoal and surrounded by the foothills of the Andes, Termas de Cauquenes is arguably the most beautiful hot springs resort in Chile. The water comes out in antique ...
Spa/Hot Springs
Around Rancagua, Rancagua, Chile
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