Straddling the banks of the Río Claro, Talca is not only Maule's most important industrial center; it is also one of the most appealing towns in the Central Valley. It was founded in 1692 and intelligently designed on a regimented grid pattern divided into quadrants—poniente means west, oriente east, sur south, and norte north—centered around the pretty Plaza de Armas. Be sure to take some time to check out its native and exotic trees.
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Founded in 1743, Curicó means "black water" in Mapudungún, the native Mapuche language. Today this agroindustrial center is the provincial capital and the gateway to...
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