Las Palmas Gore

When visiting Las Palmas Gore (Quebrada Las Palmas) you will make a trip by the beautiful Andean landscape that includes an old religious sanctuary. The road has an extension of 18.6 miles to Limache and Olmué, with 6.2 miles of gravel road. It’s an ideal trip during Spring and Summer. Bring snacks for a picnic.

From the big square of Olmué comes out a paved road towards the South that, in 1.8 miles, gets to the Pelumpén marsh. Cross the bridge and continue on the left for 4.9 miles by a paved route that runs along the marsh. You can swim here at the many pools that have easy access.

View from "Cuesta La Dormida" in Las Palmas gore.

View from "Cuesta La Dormida" in Las Palmas gore.

The landscape changes here, since it’s above the level of the channels that irrigate the valley: we find bushes of farm land with no irrigation and big boulders here. Continue through the cape of the Coastal Mountain Range, until reaching the village of Alvarado Gore (Quebrada Alvarado). It’s a small town surrounded by high hills that give it a mountainous look. There are some very old houses here. The town was a stop on the road to the La Dormida Steep (cuesta de La Dormida), used since the time of Pedro de Valdivia until the end of the XVIII century. The small Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Iglesia Nuestra Señora del Rosario), declared national monument and supposedly built by 1645, is located here. Masses are held on Friday, and the third Saturday of each month at 4 pm.

There are many restaurants offering Chilean traditional food on the road and in town. At the Alvarado Gore House Lodging (Hostería Quebrada Alvarado) there is Chilean and International cuisine and a swimming pool within 2.4 acres of gardens, at the Esquina El Maqui. There are also No Me Olvides and Pasar a Verme, both at Andrés Toledo without number in the Alvarado Gore.

La Campana Hill in Las Palmas gore Chile.

La Campana Hill in Las Palmas gore Chile.

From there continue through a narrow gravel road to the left, going inland for 3.1 miles along the Las Palmas marsh (estero Las Palmas). You will cross a more enclosed valley with exuberant vegetation. There are many small landowners that live here, and many stone and fruit crops along the hillsides. From the south side of the hill, on the top, you will see the La Campana Hill (Cerro Campana), where you can appreciate Chilean palm trees.

The road passes by a bus stop, made of concrete. Take your right hand side and, after 0.62 miles, you will get to the Baby Jesus of Las Palmas Chapel (Capilla Niño Dios de Las Palmas), declared national monument. It’s small chapel lying in the middle of the hillside, isolated and surrounded by Chilean palm trees of many centuries ago. It houses the beautiful image, made in polychrome wood, of the Baby Jesus of Las Palmas (Niño Dios de Las Palmas), which was found by a peasant in 1775, and later moved to Las Palmas in 1780. The chapel was built in 1868 and since 1921 its festivity is celebrated on December, 24, along with the Christmas Mass (Misa del Gallo), where pilgrims and Chinese dance processions come to thank for conceded favors. From the chapel you can see the entire valley. Masses are held on the 1st and 2nd Sunday of the month at 9 am; the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sunday at 4:30 pm. The Novena Prayers to Baby Jesus are held from December 16 to 24 at 8:30 pm. There are Christmas masses on December, 24 at midnight, with a procession of Chinese dances; and on December, 25 at 4 pm. The keys to visit the church are located in a house indicated with a sign.

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