Río Los Cipreses National Reserve

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Río Los Cipreses National Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Reserva Rio Cipreses Hualo.jpg
Map showing the location of Río Los Cipreses National Reserve
Map showing the location of Río Los Cipreses National Reserve
Location Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile
Coordinates 34°27′54″S 70°27′18″W / 34.46488°S 70.45509°W / -34.46488; -70.45509Coordinates: 34°27′54″S 70°27′18″W / 34.46488°S 70.45509°W / -34.46488; -70.45509
Established 1985
Governing body Corporación Nacional Forestal

Río Los Cipreses National Reserve is a nature reserve located in Machalí, Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region, Chile. It is named after Río Los Cipreses, a tributary of Cachapoal River and lies in one of the most glaciated areas of the Central Chile Andes.

The reserve contains Valdivian temperate forests at lower elevations and Southern Andean steppe at higher elevations.[1] It also protects some of the northernmost stands of Austrocedrus chilensis.

The reserve offers opportunities for mountain climbing. It is home to challenging mountains, including the Palomo volcano, Alto de Los Arrieros and Cerro Dr. Hernán Cruz. In addition to the mountains, the reserve contains areas of great natural beauty, various prehispanic petroglyphs and an interesting array of flora and fauna.

As of 2012, public transport to the reserve is either extremely limited or non-existent, and travelling there by private vehicle is recommended. However, a limited number of tour operators in Rancagua offer trips to the reserve.

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