Talca is a city in the Central Valley of Chile, in central Chile’s Maule region known for its wineries. Near the leafy Plaza de Armas main square, the O’Higginiano and Fine Arts Museum has art and historical exhibits. Chile’s 1818 Declaration of Independence was signed in the colonial building. Concerts and plays are staged nearby at the modern Maule Regional Theatre. The mountainous Altos de Lircay National Reserve lies southeast of the city.