- Wine tasting The Central Valley is the heart of Chile's wine country. Vineyards for both table and wine grapes cover the landscape—in fact, the Pan-American Highway runs through some of the longest continuous vineyards in the world. There is ample opportunity to taste the delicious product, too, from full-bodied reds at BBQs to crisp whites by the pool.
- Rowdy rodeos The Central Valley is also home to the huaso, a cousin of the Argentine gaucho. Huasos, in their typical flat-topped, wide-brimmed hats, are a common sight around Rancagua, where they flock to the national Medialuna (rodeo arena) for their favorite sport.
- Scenic countryside The Central Valley is not limited to vineyards. Rivers and lakes lie between hillsides dotted with cactus and fruit trees. Venture east into the Andes countryside and the dirt roads weaving the high mountaintops pass pretty waterfalls and swimming holes, perfect for exploring on foot, bike, or horseback.
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