Category: Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo


We invite you to get to know this picturesque countryside tour where you can experience this incredible feeling of being a part of a lively past, from religious sites to places of leisure and culture.

Landmark n°1. Parroquia San Francisco de El Monte (San Francisco de El Monte Parish)

Posted in Hito 1. Parroquia San Francisco de El Monte, and Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo

Landmark n°1. Parroquia San Francisco de El Monte (San Francisco de El Monte Parish)

Landmark n°1. Parroquia San Francisco de El Monte (San Francisco de El Monte Parish)
Landmark n°1. Parroquia San Francisco de El Monte (San Francisco de El Monte Parish)

We start the tour on the former Convent of San Francisco, founded in 1732 (XVIII century) and declared national monument in 1974 (XX century). The parish convent has an impressive colonial architecture, thick adobe walls, with a single narrow and deep shed. The main altar was commissioned and brought to Chile by order of Don Pedro de Valdivia.

Landmark n°2. Museo Tour II . Patrimonial Contemporáneo El Monte (Contemporary Heritage Museum of El Monte)

Posted in Hito 2. Museo Patrimonial Contemporáneo, and Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo

Landmark n°2. Museo Patrimonial Contemporáneo El Monte (Contemporary Heritage Museum of El Monte)

Landmark n°2. Museo Patrimonial Contemporáneo El Monte (Contemporary Heritage Museum of El Monte)
Landmark n°2. Museo Patrimonial Contemporáneo El Monte (Contemporary Heritage Museum of El Monte)

This museum was inaugurated on May 29, 2005 by Professor Don Juan Araya Espinoza, its director and founder, who, for the last 50 years has recovered all kinds of objects, photographs and historical information from the town’s locals.

Landmark n°3. Museo del Libro (Book Museum)

Posted in Hito 3. Museo del Libro, and Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo

Landmark n°3. Museo del Libro (Book Museum)

Landmark n°3. Museo del Libro (Book Museum)
Landmark n°3. Museo del Libro (Book Museum)

This museum and the little square were created on April 23, 2013, as part of the celebration of World Book Day and as a tribute to writer José Santos González Vera, born in the town of San Francisco de El Monte (1897-1970) who was also recognized for his work when he won the National Prize of Literature in 1950. Thanks to the efforts of Professor Juan Araya, more information about the writer and his books were collected.

Landmark n°4. Quinta de recreo El Marino (The Sailor Recreational Farm)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 4. Quinta de recreo El Marino

Landmark n°4. Quinta de recreo El Marino (The Sailor Recreational Farm)

Landmark n°4. Quinta de recreo El Marino (The Sailor Recreational Farm)
Landmark n°4. Quinta de recreo El Marino (The Sailor Recreational Farm)

This recreational farm and restaurant owes its name to Don Lázaro Segundo Bernal Donoso known as “El Marino” (the sailor) from Valparaíso. It was founded in 1942 and until 1952 it was known by name of “Danubio”. Since its inception it has been a meeting place for artists, journalists and even presidents. Currently, it is managed by the children of the owner, Don Lázaro Segundo Bernal Donoso, Sergio Bernal and Julio Bernal.

Landmark n°5. Viña Doña Javiera (Doña Javiera Vineyard)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 5. Viña Doña Javiera

Landmark n°5. Viña Doña Javiera (Doña Javiera Vineyard)

Landmark n°5. Viña Doña Javiera (Doña Javiera Vineyard)
Landmark n°5. Viña Doña Javiera (Doña Javiera Vineyard)

This vineyard is located on the old ranch San Miguel de El Monte that belonged to the Carrera family, birthplace of the national hero of our motherland, José Miguel and all his relatives.

It has 665 hectares and was declared a historical monument in 1974.

Landmark n°6. Casa de la Cultura Talagante (Talagante Cultural Center)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 6. Casa de la cultura Talagante

Landmark n°6. Casa de la Cultura Talagante (Talagante Cultural Center)

Landmark n°6. Casa de la Cultura Talagante (Talagante Cultural Center)
Landmark n°6. Casa de la Cultura Talagante (Talagante Cultural Center)

This house emerges as a space that promotes the arts and the maintenance of the culture of the area, promoting the various artistic expressions that support local identity.

Landmark n°7. Centro Cultural Teatro Plaza (Theater Square Cultural Centre)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 7. Centro Cultural Teatro Plaza

Landmark n°7. Centro Cultural Teatro Plaza (Theater Square Cultural Centre)

Landmark n°7. Centro Cultural Teatro Plaza (Theater Square Cultural Centre)
Landmark n°7. Centro Cultural Teatro Plaza (Theater Square Cultural Centre)

In July 2011, former Cine Plaza (1948) became a cultural center, where the community and artists converged in an ongoing conversation. Here, art forms such as rock, poetry, dance, visual arts, theater, audiovisual and crafts can find a space to be promoted, display their work and interact with new audiences. Its capacity of up to 290 people makes it the perfect spot to perform or display cultural and artistic exhibitions.

Landmark n°8. Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception Parish)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 8. Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción

Landmark n°8. Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception Parish)

Landmark n°8. Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception Parish)
Landmark n°8. Parroquia Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception Parish)

It’s the main Catholic Church on the area. Erected on October 13, 1824 by Archbishop Ignacio Cienfuegos; its first venue was in the Convent of San Francisco de El Monte, its second venue is the current one in the Plaza de Talagante, ever since June 9, 1893 by decree of Bishop Rafael Valentín Valdivieso. It features the image of a Virgin of 2.80 meters (9 ft 2 in), which was manufactured from a single lump of wood. It was restored in 2017.

Landmark n°9. Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy)

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 9. Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Merced

Landmark n°9. Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy)

Landmark n°9. Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy)
Landmark n°9. Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Merced (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Mercy)

It is the main Catholic Church in Isla de Maipo and one of the most characteristic buildings of the town. Its construction dates from 1883 and thus its bell tower follows a neoclassical style. Like many other buildings in the Chilean central area, this temple withstood the strong earthquake of August 1906, but the severity of the damage made it necessary to rebuild it in 1926.

Landmark n°10. Casona Quezada

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 10. Casona Quezada

Landmark n°10. Casona Quezada

Landmark n°10. Casona Quezada
Landmark n°10. Casona Quezada

The estate known as Casona Quezada López is a tourist route, located in Isla de Maipo.

Casona Quezada now belongs to Don Claudio Quezada, great grandson of the first mayor of the municipality of Isla de Maipo, Don David López Vásquez. It dates from 1875 and its interior retains the period furniture inherited by the family, inviting visitors to stroll through its facilities and gaze upon its colonial architecture and gardens that bring the past into modern times.

Landmark n°11. Casona de Los Mesa

Posted in Circuit II. Country Circuit of Talagante, El Monte and Isla de Maipo, and Hito 11. Casona de Lo Mesa

Landmark n°11. Casona de Los Mesa

Landmark n°11. Casona de Los Mesa
Landmark n°11. Casona de Los Mesa

Casona de los Mesa is located at Isla de Maipo and, as a historical heritage of the town, it has remained within the family for five generations.

The house was somewhat damaged by the 2010 earthquake, but it keeps the antique furniture of the time, used to give an old timey feel to the events they host. Here you can buy artisan liquors and is currently mostly used as an events center set in a typical rustic country house with colonial architectural lines. During the weekends, it works as a bar with a menu of drinks and appetizers.