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Rancagua, about 85 km south of Santiago de Chile, is the capital of the VI Region of Chile.
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Points of Interest in Rancagua
- Paseo Independencia - The city's commercial backbone is also a nice pedestrian avenue to eat, shop, and stroll. Beware however during the Christmas holidays, when the atmosphere gets dense and pickpockets become ambitious.
- Plaza de los Heroés - Located at the east terminus of the Paseo Independencia, this central plaza renovated in 2003 is a nice place to relax anytime. Avoid gypsies who will literally tease the cash out of your pockets.
The city has a population of approximately 200,000 and is located at the side of Cachapoal River. For most of the 20th century the principal economic activities of the region were (and in large part still are) the extraction and manufacturing of copper (El Teniente mine), and agriculture.
- Visit Las Termas de Cauquenes and enjoy a nice thermal bath from naturally hot springwaters. Located 31 km east of Rancagua, the surrounding area also offers pretty trails for easy hiking .
- Reserva Nacional Río Los Cipreses is a national park east of the city, towards the Andes. Great for overnight camping. Be sure to arrive early however, as you won't be able to get in after the 6pm closing time.
- Take a tour of the now defunct mining town of Sewell (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), situated right on top of El Teniente, the largest underground copper mine in the world. Private tour agencies can take you to the town, the mine, and back . If going there by car, keep in mind they only let vehicles manufactured after 2001 through.
- Go to a division 1 football match as the O'Higgins football club calls Rancagua it's home.
- The Pasteleria Tokio near the intersection of Independencia and Rubio (it's on Rubio) offers exquisite pastries at a great price.
- The Club Social at Cáceres 486 provides decent, full, seemingly home-cooked meals with soft drink and dessert for 2,000 pesos.
- Reina Victoria on Paseo Independencia is a pricey but fine bakery, ice cream and coffee shop.
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