The Region

Chile's 7th Region (the Maule Region) is blessed with some of the most spectacular but least know natural attractions  in all of Chile. From waterfalls to hotsprings, sand dunes to backcountry ski areas, or red rock canyons to fertile river valleys, you can access all of these natural wonders within less than a two hour drive from the Hacienda Santa Teresa.

Just 15 miles away from Santa Teresa and at an altitude of 1,400 feet you'll find Lake Colbun, one of Chile's largest man made reservoirs (with a surface area of around 22 square miles).

25 miles away from Santa Teresa you'll find Altos de Lircay National Reserve, a 30,000 acre protected wilderness area nestled in the Andean foothills. Hiking trails, native oak and hazelnuts forests, and backcountry campsites abound.

As for hot springs, you can take your pick from the more developed historic termal resorts such as Panimavida and Quinamavida (located less than 20 miles from Santa Teresa) or the more rustic pools and natural saunas at Baños Medano or Baños Campanario (about 50 miles from Santa Teresa).

70 miles uphill from Santa Teresa lies the Alto Maule plateau where you'll find the Laguna del Maule (famous for trout fishing in the summer), the Lo Aguirre ranch (which offers some of the best backcountry skiing in the winter), and the Valley of the Condors (home to waterfalls, rock climbing routes, and one of the largest species of condors in the world).

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