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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