Welcome to Curicó
'Nice plaza' is about as much as most locals have to say about Curicó. They're right: some 60 towering palm trees ring the square, while the inside is decorated with cedars, monkey puzzles, a striking early 20th-century wrought-iron bandstand and a wooden statue of the Mapuche chief Toqui Lautaro. (Fun fact: Curicó means 'Black Water' in Mapudungun, the language of the Mapuche.) Curicó bursts into life for the Fiesta de la Vendimia, which lasts four days in early fall. Otherwise, it's a pretty humdrum place that most travelers use as a launchpad for exploring the stunning Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas, or the nearby wineries in the Curicó and Maule Valleys.