Chile’s 7th Region
(the Maule Region) is blessed with
some of the most spectacular
but least known natural attractions
in all of Chile.
From waterfalls to hotsprings,
sand dunes to backcountry ski areas,
and 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).
Less than 10 miles away from
Santa Teresa you'll find the turn off
for the Altos de Lircay National Reserve,
a 30,000 acre protected wilderness area
nestled in the Andean foothills.
Follow the road up another
15 miles and you'll arrive at a
hiking trailhead which leads to
native oak and hazelnuts forests and
numerous backcountry campsites.
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).
60 miles uphill from Santa Teresa
lies the beginning of the Alto Maule Plateau
and countless relatively unexplored areas.
Up until just a few years ago,
most of the Alto Maule Plateau was nearly
impossible to get to due to a lack of road access
but thanks to the new Pehuenche Interational Highway
which was completed just last year, it's now just a short
drive away from the regional capital of Talca
and from Hacienda Santa Teresa.
Some of the highlights of the Alto Maule Plateau include
the Laguna del Maule (famous for trout fishing in the summer),
the Lo Aguirre ranch (which offers great bestbackcountry skiing),
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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