Sanctuary of the Nature and the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve

Huemul located in Niblinto Sanctuary

Huemul located in Niblinto Sanctuary

The Sanctuary of the Nature and Reserve the Huemules de Niblinto includes 9,553.5 hectares in altitudes between 2.624 feet and 6.889 feet. Its purpose is to protect the last population of huemules of central Chile. A heraldic mammal, an Andean red deer in extinction danger that formerly lived from the Cachapoal River towards the south. The Huemul, species considered an endangered species , locally and world-wide level, does not count on the central zone with more than 50 individuals. Its process of extinction is mainly, in the sector of the Nevados de Chillán, due to the progressive destruction of its habitat because of extensive cattle activities, substitution of native vegetation, and infrastructure works, in the tourist area, real estate, gasoductos and pipe lines.

Fauna and flora:

Between the diversity and variability of altitudes, live a large number of animal species; 26 of mammals, 49 of birds, 7 of reptiles and 4 of amphibians. At least 8 species of them are under possible extinction.

This large diversity as well as the altitudinal variability of the area, constitutes the ideal rich space for  of animals species, many of them under conservation problems. Thus, associated to the forest are the monkey of mount, the small longhaired mouse, arbor cola mouse, the big ears bat, guiña and the pudú, among others. In the mountainous zone of summit and Andean steppe inhabit the mountain range mole mouse, the tunduco, and the vizcacha. More widely distributed between diverse atmospheres are the olive little mousse, the cat colocolo, the culpeo fox, the fox chilla and, of course, the huemul. 80 percent of the described birds for the region are in the Sanctuary of the Nature and  the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve . 43 species, among which, it is possible to find the rayadito, torcaza, the big woodpecker and concón. The Andean steppe sectors are characterized by the presence of the mountain range yal, the schoolboy and sleepy-heads, among others. It is also frequent in this type of environment to sight condors, which nests in the cracks of rocky walls in the limits of the Sanctuary and Reserve (Santuario y Reserva). Amphibians as the venusto toad and the big toad of four large eyes stand out by their peculiarity and state of conservation.

The area of the Sanctuary of the Nature and the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve reach relevance by the presence of a rare and endemic species of the zone, the small lizard of Chillán, associated to Andean atmospheres. There are also two species in extinction danger, matuasto, inhabitant of scrubs and steppes, and the lizard of necktie, associated to wooded atmospheres.

Attractive sites:

Piedras azules stream is a valley of glacial origin surrounded of high vegetation such as ñirres and lengas and coigües of a middle height. This sector is to the northwest of the unit, and it is in the North sector of the Niblinto River , between the Chucao stream and the mouth of the Hoyo stream. It includes a wooded sector and it has a surface of 487 hectares. This area is used for the investigation, education, recreation and ecotourism. It is also the entrance to the sector of Niblinto and lodging for the visitors.

Niblinto Valley

Niblinto Valley

Niblinto Valley includes 7,530 hectares, in the confluence of the Niblinto River with the Las Yeguas stream, this is represented by sectors of leafy trees with prairies with scrubs of coigüe, mountain range cypress, ulmo, maitén, dwarf saint sour cherry, lleuque, oaks, radal, notro and quilas. Among the species of the animal kingdom stand out vizcacha, cat colo-colo, güiña, puma, quique, fox, chingue and fleecy mouse among others. In the birds emphasize the condor, peuquito, torcaza and choroy.

Heads and Nascent of Niblinto River , a footpath that crosses the underbrush until the basaltic farellón that gives origin to the Niblinto river, a rocky edge that limits with the Nevado de Chillán and the cords that reach the Ñuble river .

Las Yeguas stream this sector is to the interior of the unit, in front of the mouth of the Las Yeguas stream, its approximate surface is 10 hectares. Ecotourism and also for the investigation of the nature and in addition the unit administrative command are in the area.

Reservoir of Coihueco located 19 miles of Chillán. The reservoir of Coihueco  is located in a mountain range place, surrounded by vegetation. It gives origin to a lagoon used for water skiing and sailing. It is a good place for picnic and swimming.


Niblinto Sanctuary of Nature, Chile

Niblinto Sanctuary of Nature, Chile

In order to arrive to the Sanctuary of the Nature and  the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve, take the road from Coihueco, it is necessary to take the rubble road toward Mines of Prado, 11 miles, to continue towards  Los Robles Ranch, in the 24 mile. It starts there a footpath that in 3 miles arrives at the entrance of the Sanctuary an 1.8 mile further, next to the course of the Niblinto River, arrive to the camping area of the Sanctuary of the Nature and the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve.

The Sanctuary of the Nature and  the Huemules of the Niblinto National Reserve  is open between the months of November till April, counts on a day-care center, zone of camping and a sanitary cabin.

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