Talca is actually quite a big city , but has the feeling of being a rural town. People in the streets, shops and especially driving seem unhappy or even furious. The city centre is run down. If you have friends or family here you could have an enjoyable trip. Eat In cocinerias (cheap lunch joints)'.the food is better, traditional and cheaper. Around talca there is lots of beautiful places to see, but little infrastructure or ways to of getting there. Overall under exploited.