Rancagua makes a good base for exploring several attractions in the adjacent RAPEL VALLEY, including the 40km-long Lago Rapel, the largest artificial lake in Chile. In the opposite direction, a paved highway known as the Carretera del Cobre heads 60km east into the cordillera to the copper mine of El Teniente and the Chapa Verde ski centre, while a southern fork takes you to the Reserva Nacional Río los Cipreses.
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The forty-kilometre-long artificial LAGO RAPEL nestles in the low coastal hills southwest of Rancagua. Most of the action is centred around the main town of El Manzano, on the lake’s eastern shore. The lake’s main attractions are its excellent watersports facilities, with speed boats, windsurfers and jet skis available for rent from several hotels and campsites.