Rancagua

Rancagua Cathedral located in Rancagua,Chile.

Rancagua Cathedral located in Rancagua,Chile.

(Place of reed beds or escorzoneras)

Rancagua is located next to the Cachapoal River (Rio Cachapoal). It is a commercial center and of food elaboration of an ample agricultural and mining region. Rancagua is located to 54 miles from Santiago and has 187,324 inhabitants.

This beautiful Chilean city, capital city of Sixth Region of the General Liberator Bernardo O’Higgins, (Capital de la Sexta Región del General Bernardo O’Higgins) maintains the own customs and traditions that identify the national folklore, expressed so much in their agricultural production. It was founded on 1743 in territory previously inhabited by the Picunche town and soon Inca inhabitants, with the name of Village Saint Cross of Triana (Villa Santa Cruz de Triana).

Tour in the city:

In your visit, you will be able to know the Seat the Heroes (Plaza de los Héroes), the Provincial Government of Cachapoal (La Gobernación Provincial del Cachapoal), the Church of the Mercy (La Iglesia de la Merced), the Regional Museum of Rancagua (El Museo Regional de Rancagua), the House of the Culture (La Casa de la Cultura) and La Casa del Pilar de Esquina, all declared National Monuments (Monumentos Nacionales).

In order to know in a visit the city of Rancagua, it is good to know that Rancagua has varied and entertainments attractions. Its layout is typical Spanish of grid of eight apples by side, with the Seat of the Heroes (Plaza Los Héroes) to the center. The seat differs from the common one of Spanish structures, since here the streets leave not from the corners but from the flanks. It is very pretty and it has enormous trees, in addition, benches where the rancagüinos in their free short whiles meet; the seat and its surroundings have been declared Typical Zone. In one of its vertices is located the building of the Provincial Interior of Cachapoal (Gobernación Provincial del Cachapoal), declared national monument, was constructed between 1887 and 1889, that emphasizes by its size and beauty.

While in Rancagua you should visit the beautiful and old Church of the Mercy (Iglesia de la Merced), declared national monument. It is located in the street Estado corner Cuevas. Its construction dates from century XVIII and is well-known by its great beauty and because it had an historical roll in the battle of Rancagua, during which the father of the mother country, Don Bernardo O’Higgins, watched from his tower hoping uselessly the aid of Carrera. Next to the church is the parochial house, with its beautiful and great inner door of entrance. For visits, the schedule is from Monday to Sunday. There are masses in summer, from Monday to Saturday at 19:30 hours, Sunday at 10, 12 and 19:30 hours; in winter, from Monday to Saturday at 19 hours and Sunday at 10, 12 and 19 hours.

Rancagua Regional Museum hold a collection on Chilean culture and history.

Rancagua Regional Museum hold a collection on Chilean culture and history.

Follow by street Estado. When arriving at Ibieta Street, you will find two houses, separated by the street Estado; they are the Regional Museum of Rancagua (Museo Regional de Rancagua), declared national monument, both houses are the only vestiges of the time of the foundation of Villa, in century XVIII. Their structures correspond to the typical example of Chilean traditional architecture.

The House of the Pillar of Corner, declared national monument, in 1950, the spouses Flores Moreno, proprietors of the house, created in the South wing the Museum of the Old Mother country (Museo de la Patria Vieja). Soon, this building was closed and remained so per years, until their restoration in 1995.

At the moment, the House of the Pillar of Corner (La Casa del Pilar de Esquina) counts on 4 rooms for temporary exhibitions and cultural activities. In the second floor, are 3 rooms with regional history. The first displays a natural and cultural panorama of the region, from prehistory to the arrival of the Spaniards. Second, it treats the offices related to the mining and the metallurgy, emphasizing the traditional offices inherited of the indigenous ancestors and those introduced by the Spanish conquerors. The third room shows the offices related to agriculture; chamarileras and weavers of the coastal dry land, crockery, natural fiber craftsmen traditional, instruments and games.

The House of the Ochavo (La Casa del Ochavo), declared national monument, is a building of one floor and two patios, soon belonged to Don Carlos Rodriguez and to his son Manuel. It keeps an interesting colonial collection of religious images, and recreates four environments with furniture of the time (hall, writing-desk, dining room and dormitory), typical of a Chilean house of century XIX. Finally, it has a room that treats about independence, there is displayed an interactive scale model on Battle of Rancagua. The schedule of visits is from Tuesday to Friday from 10 to 18 hours; Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 13 hours. The entrance costs $600, children and elder people $300. Tuesday and Sunday the entrance is released.

House of the Culture (Casa de la Cultura), declared national monument; it corresponds to the old supervisory houses of the ranch el Puente, part of the Property the Carmen, those that served as headquarter to the General Staff of the Colonel of the Realistic Army, Don Mariano Osorio, in October of 1814. In the House of the Culture works an important center of artistic and cultural formation today. It counts on two exhibition halls: room of Contemporary Art, and its schedule of visits is from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 18 hours; room Samuel Roman and his schedule of visits is from Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 14 hours. All the year is open and the entrance is gratuitous.

It is recommended to cross the grid of colonial Rancagua, where it will find diverse houses of the time. In order to finish, think about a stroll by the commercial artery and its excellent confectioneries and know the ex- Park Communal, in the intersection of the Pan-American route with Av. O’Higgins. There the Catalonia Park (Parque Cataluña) is constructed, that will lodge the chapel Our Lady of the Angels (Nuestra Señora de los Andes), designed by famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí. The project is part of works to celebrate the Bicentennial of the Republic (Bicentenario de la República).

Nearby sites:

To 37 miles of Rancagua is the Center of Ski Green Plate (Centro de Esquí Chapa Verde) and to 7.545 feet of altitude. It counts on a skiing area of 660 hectare, and fields of different level. The season extends of June to September. The ski center was created in 1989 by the workers of Codelco and is open to all public.

The access to the Center of Ski Green Plate (Centro de Esquí Chapa Verde) is made in special buses from Rancagua, because the particular vehicles are not authorized to rise. The buses leave from the America Seat, supermarket Leader of Av. Miguel Ramirez 665. The schedule of the exits is from Monday through Friday from 9 to 9:30 hours. Saturday and Sunday, from 8 to 9:30 hours.

The Center of Ski Chapa Verde counts on refuge, 59 equipped cabins, leasing of equipment, school of ski, repair shop, body of patrols, first aid and two restaurants, one with complete service and another one of fast food.

The fields of the Center of Ski Chapa Verde are 22, with different nascent, average and advanced degrees of difficulty for. There is a ferry cable of drag 656 feet in the Beginning field, 1 of drag 984 feet for Beginner, 1 of drag 3.608 feet and unevenness of 158 feet, 1 tele chair triple of 3.805 feet and 1.312 feet of unevenness. The ferry cables work from 9 to 17:30 hours.

Parque de la Hacienda Los Callejones goes back to 1880, when Gustave Renner drew up the original park on the base of a group of old existing trees. Soon, in 1923, the French Gachelin created the grass esplanade and constructed the great sink in front of the houses. Finally, in 1940 Osear Prager suppressed trees and he increased the extensions of grass, with the intention of extending the perspective. Today it is a remarkable park by his great avenues of “sequoias” and the wealth of his variety of coniferous, between which a beautiful unit of cedar of the Lebanon of bluish color stands out. The Park of the Property Alleys (Parque de la Hacienda Los Callejones) belongs to the Association of Guides and Scouts. For visits, the schedule of March to December, from Monday to Sunday from 8 to 18 hours; Saturday and Sunday from 8 to 20 hours. The visit by the day has a value of $1,000, to encamp $1,250, includes the swimming pool use.

Parque de Graneros: displays a spectacle worthy to see: it has beautiful sinks of water, sculptures, an enormous and varied collection of trees and many flowers of showy colors. A good opportunity to know it is to visit the conservatory in its interior that offers beautiful varieties to good price.

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