"TALCA,Chile-- Wine Country!" Talca by VeronicaG

Talca Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 37 photos

Talca--the Maule District

Talca, Chile is located in South Central Chile and is capital of the Maule region. It was founded in 1692 and damaged by several earthquakes through the years. I was told there were earthquakes in 1934, 1960 and 1985. The final earthquake affected the remaining original buildings in town.

I was given a historical sketch of Talca during my previous visit--Feb.2006. Talca had seen its glory days in the 1950's when it was important politically. Election officials came to town to rally votes and encouraged landowners to bring their workers to town dressed in traditional style to promote certain candidates. But once land reform was instituted in the l960's,Talca was never the same.

By the 1970's Talca fell into decline. Once important for leather curing, shoes, milling flour and rice, for edible oil products and home to the largest cookie/cracker producer in Chile, few of these company headquarters are here now. The town once boasted it was the largest importer of hats from around the world, selling the latest Paris creations. It was also the former home to the largest bank in Chile, which possessed the most extensive art collection in South America.

Currently Talca's emphasis is on vineyards, fruits, livestock and olive gardens. A new regional theatre was dedicated in 2005. The famed Spanish singer,Serrat, gave the first performance to an appreciative audience.

The University of Talca, said to be one of the best universities outside of Santiago, is located here.

Talca Countryside

This photo doesn't show it clearly, but in the distance there is a volcano-- approximately 49 miles away. While visiting friends, I was fascinated by the volcano, which can be glimpsed from their backyard. There are no volcanos in New Jersey--that's for sure!

There are two volcanos near Talca: Descabezada Grande (Big Headless) and Descabezado Chico (Small Headless).

The Crystalline Waters Of Lake Colbun

Lake Colbun is located 200 km. or four hours driving time from Santiago and 30 miles from Talca. It is the largest natural reservoir in Chile at 13,680 acres created for the purpose of utilizing the water coming from the Maule River for hydroelectric power and irrigation.

The waters are unpolluted and a lovely blue green color. During our week at Lake Colbun we saw people on skidoos, parasailing, waterskiing, swimming, fishing, kayaking and soaring high in lightweight planes while enjoying the beauty of this area.

A large portion of the road leading to the lake is paved, but the last few miles were not. A sturdy SUV or truck would manage best on these rock strewn roads! Lovely summer cottages are scattered along its banks and camping is available, also. See my TIPS and TRAVELOGUE for more of Lake Colblun.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Scenic landscape, wine country, historic
  • In a nutshell:A small city in Chile--Maule Region
  • Last visit to Talca: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated Sep 22, 2006
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2009 at 4:54 AM

    Looks like a great place to go horseback riding and boating! And I'm glad they finally completed the new Regional Theater.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Loved the travelogues. Beautiful grandchildren! What a grand place for a family vacation. The lake is quite beautiful. Another high caliber group of pages!

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2006 at 11:16 AM

    lemon cake meringue looks so yummy! and swimming at the lake is nice :) yes, lombok is a sunny island, veronica! please come to take sequel sunset pictures. this is one of my fave islands!!

  • easyoar's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2006 at 12:48 PM

    Did Los Tres Vacas do steaks too? I remember good steaks in Chile and very cheap prices ;-) Good page.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 3:37 PM

    I enjoyed reading the travelogues on Lake Colbun.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 4:41 AM

    Nice page here - thanks for sharing - leyle

  • Mar 10, 2006 at 11:11 AM

    Thank you Veronica! Great tips!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2006 at 10:56 AM

    Nice page. Very appealing place to visit obviously, but those sweets sounds like they're reason enough to visit Talca!!

  • Jan 11, 2006 at 9:55 AM

    Beautiful page! Casa Donosa looks inviting!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 9:00 AM

    Wow! Horseback ride and wine! Does it go well together? Well, as I know horses don't like wine, right? :-)


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