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Radal Siete Tazas National Reserve


Radal Siete Tazas National Reserve is a nature reserve straddling the border between the provinces of Curico and Talca, Maule Region, Chile. It lies in a pre-Andean area close to Descabezado Grande volcano.

The reserve's most popular feature is the area known as Siete Tazas (Seven Cups), which consists of seven consecutive natural pools with their respective waterfalls along Claro River. There are also two high waterfalls called El Velo de Novia (The Bridal Veil) and La Leona (The Lioness), with single vertical drops of 40 and 20 metres respectively.

The reserve 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 reserve is home to an endangered subspecies of Cyanoliseus patagonus known locally as Tricahue.

After the February 27, 2010 earthquake one of the reserve's main attraction, the Seven Cups, completely dried up. It is believed a rock fissure allowed the water to empty into an aquifer.

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Reserva Nacional Radal Siete Tazas

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