Las Siete Tazas (The seven cups)
This natural reservation is located in the Maule Region, 76km away from Curicó and 50km away from Molina.
It is known as "The Seven Cups" because of the seven wells that are formed in the area, filled with water that comes from the Claro River and that sets on seven different "cups" formed by basaltic material, creating small waterfalls or cascades where tourists can go swimming and enjoying the natural around them.
Besides the seven cups, you can also see a 50 meter high cascade known as "Velo de Novia", or Bride’s Veil. All the waterfalls in the reservation are surrounded by wild forests of native species, some of which are in danger of disappearing forever.
Other places to visit while you are in the reservation are Cerro Radal, Cerro El Alto, Salto La Leona, Cerro El Fraile, Parque Inglés and Quebrada El Frutillar.
Seven Cups Reservation is very popular amongst Chilean families, which prepare trips in groups to the area to enjoy clean air, flora and fauna and the peacefulness of the country. In Seven Cups you can have BBQs outside, go camping, walk amongst trees and swim in clear water.
To get to the reservation you have to get to Molina first, from there you cover a 45km long road to El Radal and from there another 9km until you reach Parque Ingles, where the entrance to the park is.
What can you do while you are in the reservation? Well, one of the following activities might catch your eye:
Camping: in Siete Tazas there are 15 different places prepared to receive all those who want to spend a night under the Maule stars. Meanwhile, in Parque Ingles there are fifteen more places for camping, all equipped for a comfortable evening out in the open.
Kayak: Rio Claro, which goes very close to the reservation with its clear water that feeds the Seven Cups, is very visited by those who practice kayak and rafting. There are parts of the river that are great for beginners in both sports, and some other parts with real rapids, known world-wide for their quality.
Horseback Riding: you can go out for a walk or on horseback in Siete Tazas. In Parque Inglés you can rent horses and ride them down determined circuits inside the reservation, circuits that are secure to cover for groups and families.
Mountain Bike: some people like to go horseback riding or walking, but you can also cover a place on a bike. There is a very interesting circuit that leads you to El Fraile Hill, from where you can see a unique panoramic of the entire reservation. Well worth the effort of riding up a hill, no?
Trekking: the best way to really get to see a place is on foot, breathing that fresh air, enjoying the wind and the natural marvels that appear on the road. In Siete Tazas there is a circuit known as "Sendero de Paseo Salto La Leona" (La Leona Cascade Trekking Path), where you can walk for about twenty minutes until you reach La Leona, one of the many waterfalls you will find in the reservation.
The operations center in the reservation is Parque Ingles (English Park), where you can visit an Environmental Information Center and learn more about the life in the place and its ecosystem, as well as the animals and plants that survive in it, in spite of global warming and other problems.
Siete Tazas is a small reservation when you compare it to others in the country, but it has a unique charm given by the people who work there and the possibility of spending a couple of relaxing days surrounded by nature, participating in outdoor activities with family and friends.
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