Olmué and the surrounding area

The tradition-conscious Olmué is located in the mountainous region between the metropolis Santiago and the harbor town Valparaiso, right at the foot of the spectacular national park Cerro La Campana. This cozy town provides an authentic and special insight into the traditional life in the countryside of Chile. Farmhouses sit side a side on the dusty roads. The “Huasos” ride through the wooden surrounding, wearing huts and ponchos. Empanadas, Cazuela, Pastel de Choclo and other classical dishes are served in rustic kitchens. And on special occasions this pleasant town reveals what it is famous for in the whole country: Olmué, the capital of folklore.

 

Very impressive for visitors is especially the surrounding countryside. The unique flora and fauna of the conservation area Cerro La Campana already thrilled the famous scientist Charles Darwin, when he climbed the so called bell-shaped summit in 1834. Up here, breathtaking panoramas of the Pacific Ocean with its coastal towns, the snowy Andes and the round about 7000 meter high Aconcagua, the highest mountain of America, unfold. The national park inhabits foxes and vizcachas, hawks and condors, Chilean wine palms, boldo-bushes and canelo-trees. While families gather up in this flourishing scenery and couples pitch their tents, hikers climb the hills or relaxingly stroll along the branched paths.

Foxes in the National Park Cerro La Campana


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