Travelling across the O’Higgins Region

A region that captivates for its historical, cultural and patrimonial values. Learn about the civilizations and economic activities that are a reflection of its people.

Codelco | Flickr
Codelco | Flickr

This small region, south of the Metropolitan Region is mainly known for its countryside traditions, but for the last couple of centuries it has grown in different economic activities, such as mining and craftsmanship. We invite you to discover those corners that reflect on the aspects that built the cities and towns of this region up.

Colchagua Valley

Known as one of the most important and popular agricultural sector of Chile, the valley comprises a great area of this region. Its main attraction is its wine activity, with world-class vineyards that year after year attract thousand of wine enthusiasts. Within the different activities that this place has to offer we can mention the “Wine Train”, which travels across different wine cellars of the area. Some of the vineyards that can be visited are; “Viña Santa Cruz”, “Viña Anakena”, “Viña Las Niñas” and “Viu Manent”, among many others.

Juan Ernesto Jaegger | Imagen de Chile

Juan Ernesto Jaegger | Imagen de Chile

Chimbarongo

This city is known across the country for its crafts made with wicker; a tradition that dates back many decades ago, and have stand the test of time while also improving its technique. Each March a great exhibition takes place, where hundreds of people travel to this city with the purpose of acquiring different types of objects; from baskets and decorative objects, to handmade furniture.

Cáhuil’s salt lake

A small corner in Pichilemu unknown for many. It corresponds to a network of layout which has several fields, where producers are in charge of turning the accumulated salt that comes from the Nilahue estuary, into a product that they can sell. This activity has increasingly attracted the interest of those who visit the region, thus creation the Route of the Salt.

Diego Fontecilla | Imagen de Chile

Diego Fontecilla | Imagen de Chile

Sewell

This small city is located right in the Andes. It was built in 1904 as a home for mining workers and their families. Currently, a few industrial buildings are operating, but it is no longer inhabited. Both Chilean and foreign visitors are being attracted to this area, who enjoy the beauty of this ghost town and walking across the abandoned buildings, entertainment center and schools.

Punta de Lobos

This beach located only 6 kilometers away from Pichilemu, is internationally known for its big waves, which are perfect to practice surf. It was even declared a World Surfing Reserve during 2013. Throughout the year, it welcomes hundreds of surfers from different corners of the world, who challenge its water, which are surrounded by big cliffs and beautiful seals.

Alfredo Escobar | Imagen de Chile

Alfredo Escobar | Imagen de Chile

Tagua Tagua Lagoon

8 kilometers away from San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, this archeological site is now in the place where the lake of the same name used to be. During the past decades several discoveries took place in what is thought to be one of the oldest settlements in the American continent. Mastodons, horses and american deers’ bones have been found in this place, that date back 12.000 years. This place is still under preliminary stages of studies, but it pretends to attract tourists which are interested in the history of human settlement.

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