Linares is situated approximately 170 miles (274 kilometers) south of the national capital Santiago.
Don't limit yourself to Linares, because Maule contains a treasure trove natural and cultural attractions which await the savvy traveler. Two examples of places in the vicinity of Linares are Talca, 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the south, and Chanco, 55 miles (89 kilometers) to the east.
About 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the north of Linares is Talca, an important regional city where you'll find University of Talca, Plaza de Armas and Villa Cultural Huilquilemu. Vina Balduzzi, Talca Cathedral and Estadio Fiscal de Talca are also worth calling into while you are in Talca.
Learning some handy phrases in Spanish can make the difference between a simple vacation and a rewarding journey into the very heart the Maule region. "¿Querría bailar conmigo?" is good to know. It means "Would you like to dance with me?" Or try "Este caballero pagará por todo" (This gentleman will pay for everything).
The 18th of September is Independence Day, so if you're visiting at this time, be aware that banks, business and some attractions may not be open as the nation celebrates.
When it's time to return to your friends at home, you'll be bidding this special place a fond and teary Adiós (farewell).