The Southern Heartland
Besides Region V ( Valparaíso), the southern heartland consists of Region VI (Rancagua), Region VII (Maule), and Region VIII (Biobío). This is wine country, with a great and growing density of vineyards, but its rugged coastline will appeal to surfers in particular.
Its real secret, though, is the Andean backcountry—if the cordillera from Rancagua south past Curicó, Talca, and Chillán were in North America or Europe, its mountain meadows and forests would swarm with hikers every summer. Instead, it gets just a handful of outdoor recreationists compared with the Sur Chico lake district, not to mention Patagonia’s Torres del Paine.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition