Los Bellotos (Sendero de Chile) (english)
Short Review of the Reserve
It has an area of 417 hectares and is located in the range of pre Linares. Accessed by a road from the city of Linares, dirt and gravel that reaches Melado Channel tunnel, past the reservoir area and Robleria Ancoa, with a distance of approximately 55 kms. In the flora of southern belloto highlights, endangered species and is not in any other wild area protected by the state. It is also the Maulino oak, oak, coigüe, mountain cypress, peumo, liter, quillay and hazel. The bird fauna are the most abundant, being the black woodpecker, piti, tricahue parrot, eagle, widow, fio trust, tasting, and Chercos Tiuque. The administration is at the entrance to the area. It has picnic and camping equipment. (Link: http://www.turismochile.com/guia/linares/articulos/603)
It can be done throughout the year, but ideally in the autumn, taking the beauty of the red forest. In midwinter, could be that the passage is full of snow after snowfall.
By carstate bad to very bad. It is VERY advisable to take the parallel route that goes south, the L-429, to Robleria. It's a neat and busy road. Linares is 42 kilometers from this far. From Robleria and until a few kilometers after the dam, the road is very good product for the construction of the dam Ancoa. The last three miles to the reserve, beyond the limits of the work in the reservoir, are in a state fair to poor
Public transport and hitchhiking
Buses depart from Linares to Robleria. Then should hitch a ride or "finger" to the beginning of the path for Chile. There may be some traffic due to the existence of the Hotel Melado and hamlets in the area, but traffic to the reserve is rather small.
Route description == ==
At a normal pace, this trek should take about 5 hours between the start of the trail sign for Chile and river. Ideally, do it in two days, staying in the river, but it is perfectly possible to do this round trip in a single day pretty hard. It is possible to reach a lagoon, but that would take a third day on the road.
Permits / Fees
- This trek requires no permits or admission is charged. However it is a path of carriers, so it must have respect for their activities and walking paths as enabled. For now, the trek does not require permits, but it could be that in future it constructs given Besalco reservoirs.
It is recommended, if you are going by car, take the road further south from Santiago coming. Is a path that is arranged by Besalgo (who built the dam). The road running from the north is not in good condition, unless it has a 4x4 vehicle is not recommended to go that route. It is essential to carry water from the shelter sector, step up to the River. In dry seasons there is little chance of finding estuaries or watersheds.
Full path and waypoints in Google Earth
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