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.