Steeped in history, Rancagua is home to an old-world city centre with a regional museum and twin-towered cathedral. The Andean foothills region offers easy access to a nearby copper mine, hot spring resorts and unique wildlife encounters.
Things to do in Rancagua
Get acquainted with Rancagua by walking through the tree-lined Heroes Square, which commemorates the Chileans who fought in the Battle of Rancagua during the War of Independence. Admire the beauty of the pink-hued Sagrario Cathedral and its twin towers dating back to 1876.
Housed in a beautiful colonial building, the Rancagua Regional Museum showcases exhibits highlighting key events in Chile’s struggle for Independence. If you prefer something more lively, take in a rodeo in the national Medialuna rodeo arena.
Drive one hour east to the old mining town of Sewell, which was built on the side of a mountain and is home to the world’s largest underground copper mine. See what life was like for workers in the early-20th century and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site by climbing the steep stairs to the former offices, schools and Chile’s first bowling alley.
Soak your muscles in the hot springs at Hotel Termas de Cauquenes, the oldest hot spring resort in Chile. The waters are said to have healing properties and have been used for many centuries for therapeutic purposes. Tour Alpacas Machali, an alpaca breeding station where you can observe garments being made from alpaca wool.
Getting around Rancagua
Rancagua is 90 kilometres from Santiago and Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, connected to both via train, bus or car. The easiest way to get around Rancagua is by bus or taxi.