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  CollECTeR LatAm 2004
13 - 15 October 2004
Santiago, Chile
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The CollECTeR LatAm Conference will be held this year in Santiago, the capital of Chile. Santiago is nestled under the high Andes Mountains, with striking slopes that almost overhang the eastern suburbs. The peaks also cause a fairly spectacular smog to smother the city. Santiago is the major national urban center with a population of about 4 million and many hotels. Cultural activities abound, surface public transport is widespread and chaotic, though the subway (Metro) is very convenient for our conference guests.
The CollECTeR LatAm Conference is proudly hosted by the Engineering Faculty of the University of Talca, located in Curico ('Dark Waters' in the native Mapudungun language), Chile. Curico is a rural city in the heart of the agricultural Central Valley of Chile, about 2 1/2 hours south of Santiago. The region specializes in apples, pears, berries, kiwis and is very proud of the local wines. The city lies just underneath the Andes Range and is a short drive to the Pacific Coast. The rugged Andes are a challenge to the adventurous who can enjoy trekking, climbing, cycling, rafting, or simply horseback and family excursions. The local wineries receive visitors on organized tours of the vineyards; traditional rodeos are also very popular.

October is an excellent spring month in this region; the flowers are blooming and the hills are green. The temperatures are likely to be cool in the evening (bring a sweater) and warm during the day. Rain is possible, but unlikely.

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