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Reserva Nacional Altos de Lircay, San Clemente

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Altos de Lircay National Reserve is a 121.63km2 nature reserve located in Talca Province, Maule Region, Chile. It lies in a pre-Andean area close to Radal Siete Tazas National Park, as well as Descabezado Grande and Cerro Azul volcanoes.The reserve is home to a significant variety of wildlife including rare and threatened animals such as the Tricahue parrot, Molina's hog-nosed skunk and plants such as the ciprés de la cordillera and roble Maulino. In the area can be found seven of the ten species of the genus Nothofagus occurring in Chile.There are three major rivers in the reserve, the Lircay that is a tributary of the Claro River, the Claro that flows north to south through the reserve, and the Blanquillo that joins the latter river in the reserve.
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  • Excellent reserve featuring mountain, forest and streams. Good hiking and pony trekking within the park. Old growth Nothofagus forest, mountain lakes.  more »
  • The park is really beautiful, and the trails are well made and well indicated. The trail to the lake in the volcano's crater is beautiful.  more »
  • From Santiago down to Patagonia, visiting all the Parques and Reservas, Altos de Lircay offered some of the best hiking in all of Chile! Easy to access, virtually free, great infrastructure for campin...  more »
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  • Very nice state park with great hikes. We did the Enladrillado hike (took us 8 hours, but if your more trained than us 6 could be duable). The view was fantastic. There is also a great camping where most of the hikes start. Entrance to the camping by car is possible, but you really need a 4x4. Actually they only let you through if you have a 4x4.The road is verry rocky and bad. We paid 5000 for the park and 3000 per day for the camping. The camping itself is very nice with good facilities. At the time we stayed only the women showers had (sometimes) hot water. The sites itself are very nice with power and a light (although at most sites there was no bulb in it). Each site has also there own water tab. As we have a tent in our roof we needed a leveled spot. We only could find 2 or 3 good spots. If you only have a tent then no problem at all. Bigger campervans are out of the question (only the road allone is impossible). Your are only allowed to cook with gas! All in all a beautifull camping with nice hikes. Highly recommended!
  • We camped in the CONAF campground. Nice place to start birding from. The road from the entrance gate up to the campground is rough and rocky. Take your time. Showers are cold. Toilettes poorly designed. But staff very friendly. And the Nothofagus forest is magnificent. Good hikes begin at campground. So less of a walk than starting at the entrance gate down the hill. Bring toilette paper. And they insist you have cooking gas. No fires are allowed at campground even for cooking except on a gas stove. They found it hard to believe that our premade sandwiches would be enough.
  • spectacular view when you're on top. walk is not too difficult but still takes its toll on the way back ( around 25km).
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  • A magical place that you can not miss. Once you get to the top of brickwork, you realize that it is impossible which is a natural formation, believed that this plateau of 1 m 2 approx. pavers is the last bastion of the Inca Empire to the South of the Tawantinsuyu, Collasuyu, fair to the limit with mapuche territory, the Maule River.
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