Founded in 1743, Curicó is the second most important city on Maule Region in Chile's central valley. Curicó meaning "Black Waters" in Mapudungun (originally meaning "Land of Black Water"), is the capital city of the Curicó Province. The province lies between the provinces of Colchagua and Talca and extends from the Pacific to the Argentine frontier. Its cakes, fruits, and wine are well known in Chile and around the world for their high quality.
Economic activity is based on fruits production, like apples, kiwis, cherries, and grapes. Grape production is very important, because is the ingredient of the main product of the region: Chilean Wine. In this region, are located a lot of wineyards like “San Pedro”, “Concha y Toro”, “Santa Rita”, and “Miguel Torres”.
University of Talca receives students in this city through the Hospital de Curicó. Univesity's main campus is located in Talca
Also, Catolica del Maule University has two campus, the main one located in Talca city and another one in Curico.
HOW TO GET THERE
By bus from Santiago de Chile
Bus ticket from Santiago cost about 10 USD, and you can buy it when you arrive to Santiago Bus Station. Travel to Curicó takes about 2.5 hours, and you will arrive to Curicó Bus Station.
Includes buses and shared taxis.
- Plaza de Armas – Considered as one of the most beautiful in Chile, was declared typical zone at 1986, known as Palm Square because there are 60 palm trees in the square. His main attraction is a steel kiosk, built with Eiffel style. Also there are a lot of sculptures and a water fountain.
- Del Carmen church – Old church decorated with stone columns.
- San Francisco church – Built at 1931, in neo-gothic style. Was destroyed by an earthquake at 1938 and transferred near to Franciscan order's Placed on Las Heras street
- Carlos Condell hill – Placed at downtwon, very concurred at National Holidays (September 18th). Its height is 293 meters above sea level. From the top, it offers a panoramic view of the city, and you can ascend by walking or bicycle.
- Alameda Manso de Velasco – Placed at downtown, it's a much concurred avenue. It has a lot of trees and sculptures, and you can go out for running here.
- Fiesta de la vendimia – A traditional celebration in honor to the wine, which takes place on March. The celebration includes parades, concerts, artistic presentations, and the main attractive: step on grapes.
- Radal Siete Tazas National park – Placed 60 km to the southeast from Curicó, this national park with over 1000 Hectares have a lot of paths for trekking. The main attractions are its waterfalls.
- Santiago is 194 km to the north
- Talca, the capital city of Maule's region, is 67 to the south.
- Curicó has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, relatively hot dry summers (November to March) with temperatures reaching 32 °C (90 °F) on the hottest days. Winters (June to August) are more humid, with typical maximum daily temperatures of 15 °C (59 °F). Mean rainfall is 855.98 mm (34 in) per year.
- Maule's region is the region with more rural population in Chile.
- Sixty percent of the houses and ninety percent of the historic center were destroyed by an earthquake at 2010, and some places are still on reconstruction, so don't be afraid if you see destroyed buildings.