Curicó

Its name comes from the mapudungún language which means “Black Water”. The city was founded on October 9th, 1743 and it currently has a population of more than 114.000 citizens. Its Main Square is one the most beautiful of Chile, declared traditional area in 1986, known by its palm trees corresponding to 60 specimens of Phoenix canariensis, a cast iron kiosk built in Santiago in 1805 with the New Orleans style, and also several statues which make this place a true family outing.

It is precisely in Curicó’s Main Square where the traditional Chilean Harvest Festival is carried out since xx years, and every version is celebrated in March.

Curicó is the entrance to start a unique travel to one of the places with more wine tradition in Chile, Curicó Valley, where the terroirs diversity and the ancient vineyards give special life to varieties with unique characteristics, full of tradition, history and also modernity.

City attractions

  • Main Square, one of the most beautiful of Chile, declared Traditional Area.
  • Cerro Condell, from where you can see the whole city, the surrounding valley and the Andes and Coastal Mountain ranges.
  • Alameda Manso de Velasco, dating from the foundation of the city, with its central part full of luxuriant trees.
  • San Francisco church, declared National Monument (currently being rebuilt).
  • Mall Center, a modern commercial center, with the best shops of the country.
  • Curicó Valley Wine Route.
  • Curicó’s Harvest Festival is celebrated in March with the participation of all of the Curicó Valley wineries, handicrafts, gastronomy and a great artistic and cultural show.
Website: www.turismocurico.cl / www.curicochile.com

Los Queñes

Andean foothills place located in the confluence of Claro and Teno rivers, and at 55 kms to the East of Curicó, to which you can get by a rubble road transitable all year.

It has areas suitable for trekking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, touring and horse riding through the “Ruta de los Arrieros”, to the Baños de San Pedro and Laguna de Teno. This picturesque place is also 37 kms from Romeral commune and at 590 meters above sea level.

One of the attractions of this place is “La Aduana de Los Queñes”, built in 1900 and declared historical monument in 1998, because “Los Dragones del General Freire” made their journey through this famous passage, an important heroic feat of the “Ejército Libertador”.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Hostería Los Queñes
Address: Km 36 Camino a Los Queñes, Los Queñes, Romeral.
Telephone: (56 -9) 951 33 193
Website: www.hosterialosquenes.cl
Rafting, Kayaking, trekking y snowshoeing: www.chileanadventures.com

Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

Located in the Andean foothills at 45 kms to the Southeast of Molina, at a height which goes from 600 to 2.156 meters above sea level. It was created in 1981 and is placed in the Claro river basin.

The weather is warm, very hot and dry in summer. Its flora is characterized by unique species of the Maule region, among them the cypress of the mountain range and the mayten. As for the fauna, the most common species are the foxes and the ringdoves.

This natural reserve stands out because of the sequence of seven waterfalls with its corresponding ponds, in which you can see the black basaltic rock bottom of the Claro river. Surrounded also by a cliff and a luxuriant virgin forest of radals, coehues, oaks and mountain range.

At 9 kms of El Radal you can find the “Parque Inglés”, where it is possible to camp under luxuriant trees or picnicking near the river and bathe in its crystalline blue water. Thus, you can also do adventure tourism, outing, trekking, experience wildlife, kayaking, horse riding, camping, photography, among others.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Hostería La Flor de la Canela: Sector Parque Inglés (56 -75)249 16 13
Camping y Cabañas Parque Santa BrígidaCamino El Radal Km 40 - (56-9)827 68 259

Lago Vichuquén

In Mapuche language Huichu-en means isolated place, while its name, also coming from this language (vilu = snake and lafquén = lake) is due to its shape. It is located 119 kms to the coast of Curicó and it is known as a place of warm waters surrounded by green forests.

It includes an area of 40 square kms and it is 18 meters above sea level. It has warm waters and along the riverside it is surrounded by luxuriant and dense pine forests.

In the riverside there are summer houses and also some campings, lodging and feeding places. It also has excellent hotels. The main recreational activities are the water sports like water skiing, yatching and windsurfing.

Iloca

The name “Iloca” comes from the mapudungún “ilokan”, which means “carnear” (to kill an animal to remove its meat). This popular resort was born in 1871 and is located in Km.243 to the coast of Curicó.

It stands out by its delicious local gastronomy dominated by fish and seafood; a wonderful long beach, with beautiful and renewed coast roads, summer houses, active commerce and comfortable hotels, so making Iloca the most visited place of the coast of Curicó.


Duao

It is located in Km. 248 to the coast of Curicó and belongs to Licantén commune. This beautiful beach of dark sand has the second biggest artisan fishers small port of the country, which makes it an important social center.

t has excellent hotels and restaurants which are famous for their delicious gastronomy where the tourists may enjoy wonderful preparations based on the great local production of fish and seafood.

Vichuquén

Town with more than 420 years of history, charm and tradition, unique in Chile because of its mysticism, Vichuquén was declared “traditional area” for the colonial architecture of the old area, which together with the beautiful handicrafts in white clay, wood, stone and textiles, make this town the perfect place for a walk or a bike ride. Come and visit us, but bring an amulet against sorceries.

Vichuquén is a natural and cultural wonder where Curicó Valley Wineries Night is celebrated every first weekend of February with magic, wine, music, gastronomy and handicraft, everything in one place.

USEFUL INFORMATION
Website: www.turismovichuquen.cl