Four protected areas that you must visit in the central coast

Along with beaches, resting areas and resorts; the central coast also hides natural areas that allow to learn more about nature from another perspective.

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Summer season is at its peak during these months and it Is known that the central coast is one of the most popular and crowded places during this time. Accessible beaches and the possibility of enjoying a getaway from the city not too far away are the main reasons why this region its so popular. But these are not the only attractions of the area; flora, fauna, and protected areas are the best kept secrets of these Nature Sanctuary and Natural Reserves.

Both Nature Sanctuary and Natural Reserves share the characteristics of being areas perfect for scientific, geological, paleontological and ecological researches. The State considers these places of great importance, and encourages the preservation of the flora and fauna of these areas.

We present you a list of some the protected areas just a few kilometers away from the central coast’s beaches:

Yali Wetland

Located in “Rocas de Santo Domingo” area, in San Antonio, the Yali wetland is considered as one of the protected areas with the greatest amount of birds in the south hemisphere. Beside birds, among which the Chilean flamingo, the black-necked swan and the Franklin’s gull stand out, it’s possible to observe different species of fauna, some pre-columbian archeological remains and fossils.

This wetland also has international relevance, and it is considered among the Ramsar Convention; Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, which has as its main goal the preservation of these areas as a common project among different countries.

The area, which is divided into three main zones, can be discovered by walking and allows to spot many species already mentioned

El Peral Lake Nature Sanctuary

Foto de Ignacio Miranda Flores / Flickr

Foto de Ignacio Miranda Flores / Flickr

This wetland located in El Tabo commune i known as a nesting area of several birds, such as the black-necked swan, the cattle egret or the red-gartered coot. Along with the natural heritage of the place, different archeological findings have taken place, such as graves and pottery that go back 1500 B.C.

The dunes that surround it and separate it from the ocean, also make this place a interesting attraction for visitors and local people.

The access can be accessed through paths and the scenic lookouts have been adapted for those in wheelchair or disable. There is also a picnic area for visitors that want to spent the afternoon in the sanctuary,

Tunquén Wetland Nature Sanctuary

Fotode Rodemil Jose / Flickr

Fotode Rodemil Jose / Flickr

The Tunquén beach and its surroundings is a secret for many people. White sand beaches and far away from loud noises, alongside a forests that practically border the sea. A place that was declared a protected area in 2014, for its 11 different species of flora and 16 of fauna in state of preservation. Since it is located right in the mouth of the Casablanca estuary, there are other ecosystems present in the area, such as the coastal desert, dunes and swamps. Landscapes that attract visitors throughout the year.

Córdova Ravine Nature Sanctuary

Foto de Anita Maria Alcalde / Flickr

Foto de Anita Maria Alcalde / Flickr

Remains of millennials native forests and an area that could protect several species of vegetables, gave this ravine the classification of Nature Sanctuary not too long ago. This wetland is located right in the limit between El Tabo and El Quisco communes. With plenty of vegetation and trails formed by the sides of the Córdova estuary, the ravine is the perfect place for walks which can even start in Isla Negra.

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