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Parque Nacional Radal Siete Tazas is a national park in the Andes mountains in Central Chile.

Understand[edit]

Bride's Veil Waterfall

It covers a area of 4,138 ha of a mountain landscape. The mainly characteristic is a geological formation of seven basins and seven cascades that ends in a 25-m waterfall called "Salto de la Leona". Following the river, you can see the "Velo de la novia" a 40-m waterfall. The entire park is a mountain forest.

The altitude is between 650 and 2,600 m over the sea. The park is beside the volcano Descabezado Grande (3,830 m).

The park protects tree species mainly of the genus Nothofagus, including the threatened Nothofagus glauca and Nothofagus leonii, as well as Nothofagus macrocarpa, Nothofagus dombeyi, Nothofagus antarctica, and Nothofagus alpina. Also it is possible to find vulnerable and rare species, as are Austrocedrus chilensis and Maytenus chubutensis. The park is home to an endangered subspecies of Cyanoliseus patagonus known locally as Tricahue.

History[edit]

In 2007 the area was reclassified from a national reserve to a national park.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From the city of Molina it's possible to take a bus to the National Park. The price is US$3 by person and the trip takes about 1 hr for the 55-km distance between Molina and the National Park.

The buses are old but the service is reliable.

Fees and permits[edit]

The fees for Siete Tazas Park are:

  • Chilean adult: 2,000 pesos
  • Foreign adult: 4,000 pesos
  • Chilean/foreign child: 600 pesos

Visiting hours are: summer 08:30–20:00; winter 08:30–17:30.

See[edit]

  • Siete tazas (seven cups). Seven consecutive natural pools with their respective waterfalls along Claro River. The Siete Tazas dried up after the 2010 earthquake .
  • There are also two high waterfalls with single vertical drops of 40 and 20 m, respectively:
  • El Velo de Novia (The Bridal Veil)
  • La Leona (The Lioness)

Do[edit]

Hiking[edit]

Rio Claro pools

The park has many different hikes:

  • Sendero "Salto La Leona" (1.2 km) – 2 hr walking. This path shows the seven basins and ends in the Salto de la Leona waterfall. This route is a must.
  • Sendero "Valle del Indio" (15 km) – This path takes the entire day mostly in the forest and ends in the high plateau of the mountain.
  • Sendero "Los Chiquillanes" (7 km) – This path takes 5 hr in the forest.
  • Sendero "La Montañita" (1 km) – 2 hr walking in the forest.
  • Sendero "El Coigue" (1 km) – This path takes 1 hr walking in forest of Coigües and Oaks.

There is a special path for people with disabilities. It is a 300-m a path of wood, ending in a beautiful place to see the seven basins.

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