Heritage Route No. 42

Fray Jorge - Coastal Drylands

Drive down the coast of the Ovalle Municipality and visit two large areas rich in natural beauty and cultural interest. Along the first part of the route, observe farming communities which are the traditional social structure of Coquimbo region.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009  
Fray Jorge Fray Jorge

Location:  Municipality of Ovalle, Coquimbo Region.

Distance: 46 km.

Travel Time: 1 day.

Travel Mode: Automobile and hiking.

Season: Year round.

Landmarks: 14.

Main Attractions: Drive down the coast of the Ovalle Municipality and visit two large areas rich in natural beauty and cultural interest. Along the first part of the route, observe farming communities which are the traditional social structure of Coquimbo region, and the dryland valleys, sustained by a special mode of community landowning and use of the soil. Once past the open fields, enter the Fray Jorge Forest National Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977. This is a beautiful forest in a semi-arid region that, thanks to the moisture from the camanchaca or coastal fog, sustains tree species that are native to the south of Chile, such as the Olivillo. An open-air museum of nature’s diversity.

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