Talca (from the mapuche Tralka which means thunder) is a city and commune in Chile located about 255 km (158 mi) south of Santiago, and is the capital of both Talca Province and Maule Region (7th Region of Chile). As of the 2002 census, the city had a population of 193,755. The city is an important economic center, with agricultural (wheat) and manufacturing activities, as well as wine production. The Catholic Church of Talca has held a prominent role in the history of Chile. The inhabitants of Talca have a saying, Talca, Paris & London, born from a hat shop which had placed a ribbon stating that it had branches in Paris and London. The shop was owned by a French immigrant named Jean-Pierre Lagarde..
Parts of Talca were badly damaged in the 2010 earthquake, but the city is on the mend. You'll find a decent range of traveler's services, including dining and lodging options, plus lovely views of the Andes when you're strolling down the sun-baked pedestrian thoroughfare at midday.
The transportation system has buses and shared taxis services that reach every single place in the metropolitan area. Don't worry about it, we are going to teach you how to move around the city so in a few days you will be able to go around on your own.
- Universidad de Talca's garden
- La Virgen hill
- UFO route. In the montains next to the city, many UFO have been seen in the recent years. So, people have created the UFO route, many distribuited spots where you may see one: Altos del Lircay, Vilches, Enladrillado, Cueva de la Pájara de Oro, El Morrillo, Las Lomas, Radal Siete Tasas, Lago Colbún, Laguna del Maule.
- Ramal Talca-Constitución. Right in the middle of the most rural zone of Chile, this trip will make feel in love with the natural sightseings of Chile. You will also find many food spots in the way.
- Radal 7 tazas. It's a national park with over a 800 Hectares, which main atraction are this water hops.
- Altos de Lircay. Natural reserve next to San Clemente mountains. In it you may do horse riding, trekking, camping and enjoy the crystal clear waters and the unbeated beauty.
- Termas de Quinamavida
- Las viejas cochinas. On the west border of Claro river is placed this "picada" where you can find the beast Chilean dishes at a very good price.
- Donde Alex. If you a University student you have to now that your are in the completo city (kind of hot dog with abocado and tomatoes) and you got to come here. Spacialty: Repletos!
- La buena carne. In downtown you may find this restorant, which honors its name:the best barbecue in the city.
- There are many pubs around
- Joker's discotheque. Part of Talca casino, it's one of the best nighlife center in the city.
- Dominga bar. If you want to have a good beer, nice music and have a good time, this is the place for sure.
- Bahía Juárez. Air free bar with a lot of snacks. It also includes karaoke.
- Espacio 90