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Maule Valley

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The Perfect Blend of Wine and Nature

The Maule River Valley is one of the highlights of the national wine circuit and is home to more hectares of vineyards than any other place in Chile. Its wine-growing tradition dates back to Colonial times, which is when the first vines were planted. Today, the valley has three million hectares of vineyards covering the provinces of Talca, Linares and Cauquenes, which makes it Chile's largest wine producing region. Many local wineries offer tours complete with tastings focused on the various grape varieties that are grown here.

But make no mistake about it- the valley has more to offer than just vineyards, including a stunning landscape framed by the Andes. Visit the 12,000 hectare Altos de Lircay National Park, which was opened in 1996 and boasts a beautiful native forest of roble, lenga and coigüe. You will also be impressed by the Descabezados and Quizapú Volcanoes, the latter of which was responsible for the largest eruption in Chilean history. It is best to visit in spring and fall when the weather is good and there are fewer tourists.

If you are looking for a more urban destination, the city of Talca is rich in history and tradition. Visit the Museo O'Higginiano and the Talca Museum of Fine Arts (Museo de Bellas Artes) on the Plaza de Armas, the city's main square. Here also you will find the original 200 year-old Declaration of Independence, an important symbol of Chile's national heritage.

 

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Tours you can do

Winery Tours

 

Getting There

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By Car
Take Route 5 south from Santiago to Talca (257 km, 3 hours) and Linares (307 km).Visit the Maule Valley Wine Route Office in Talca, or check out their webpage: www.valledelmaule.cl.
Getting to Altos de Lircay National Park: Take Route 5 south from Santiago to the road to San Clemente, which is the second exit in Talca. From there, it's 30 km to the park access road.
 

 

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