Chile, July 2020
In 2018 Ateltico Brisbane's women's team visited Chile, to take part in an international tournament featuring local and Argentinian opposition. The visit was a great success both on and off the court, leading to exciting new relationships being formed and the formation of AFA's first international tour to Chile in 2019.
The tour will visit Talca, which is the capital city of the province of Talca and is the capital of the Maule Region in Chile. It is also the cultural and educational center of the Maule region. Its economy is founded both on industry and agriculture.
The Maule region is the largest wine region in Chile, with 785 hectares of vineyards, including many hectares of organically grown wine. Talca itself is home to several of these wineries.
The city also has two universities. The Catholic University of Maule, founded in 1991, and the University of Talca, founded in 1981. Research at the University of Talca is focused on agriculture and forestry and includes centers for pear and apple research and viticulture research.
The Pan American Highway runs through Talca. It is also called Ruta 5 in Chile.
With its Mediterranean climate, tourists can visit Talca year-round. The rainy season lasts from May through August, but high temperatures are still in the mid-50's to mid-60's Fahrenheit during these months.
Situated in a valley between the coastal mountains and the Andes, short excursions into the foothills offer beautiful views of the city below. Longer excursions offer excellent hiking opportunities.
In Mapudungun, the Mapuche language, 'Talca' (or 'thalca') means thunder or a volcanic eruption."