Rancagua is a city in central Chile. It is the capital of the of the O'Higgins Region, located 87 km (54 mi) south of Santiago de Chile. Its first name was Santa Cruz de Triana. In 2012, its population was 232,211. The main economic activities range from mining, tourism, agriculture, timber, food production and services to minor industrial activities. The city also serves as the administrative and legal center of the region.
In recent years the city has become one of the most attractive cultural and tourist centers in the O'Higgins Region, mainly due to the vineyards in the area. There are also some archeological sites such as Pukara de La Compañia and the nearby Rio Cipreses nature reserve, both of which can be visited by private vehicle or with local tour companies. Rancagua also offers sports centers and easy access to smaller villages and towns.
Rancagua is home of the University of Rancagua, the first private university to be established in the O'Higgins Region.
Rancagua is also known for El Teniente, the "largest underground copper mine in the world", located about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of the city in the Andes mountain range. El Teniente is a division of the state-owned mining enterprise, Codelco.
The city's Braden Copper Stadium was one of the four venues of the 1962 FIFA World Cup. More recently, it houses theO'Higgins professional soccer club, one of the leading teams in Chilean professional soccer. Every year, the National Championship of Chilean rodeo is held in the Medialuna Monumental de Rancagua. On 2015, the city will be host the2015 Copa América, receiving two matches of the tournament..
Hospital Regional de Rancagua
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Rancagua has two bus terminals: Terminal O'Higggins connects the city with all the cities in other regions of Chile from the north to the south.
The Terminal Rodoviario connects with smaller rural towns in the O'Higgins Region and the Metrpolitana Region.
The Rancagua Train Station is very well connected to Santiago de Chile, with a service called "MetroTren" that goes from the Central Station in Santiago to San Fernando, the second largest city in the O'Higgins Region.
The most important mean of transportation inside Rancagua are the minibuses called "micros" and work in a system called Trans-O'Higgins. Micros have to different colors: the red ones move around Rancagua City and the green ones connect it with other small rural town nearby.
There is also "colectivos", wich are a especial kind of taxi with a predetermined route. Kind of like a bus, but in a car. There are also two kind of colectivos, the ones that go around the city and the ones that go to smaller rural locations near Rancagua.
- Los Cipreses National Reserve
- Safari Park
- Open-air park
- O'Higgins tour
- Elisa bar
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