"A bus ride to Valle Hermoso" Chillán Things to Do Tip by VeronicaG

Chillán Things to Do: 10 reviews and 13 photos

  Can Chile Keep This Tree From Extinction?
by VeronicaG

Those who desired to go to Valle Hermoso gathered at the reception desk, then boarded a bus provided by the hotel. We drove a short distance (10 minutes) to a public thermal springs where our guide told us a little about the plants and trees in the area.

Araucario Araucana, a tree which grows only one centimeter a year, is a protected species because it has become so rare. The tree we saw was 80 years old. The fear is that it will become extinct. The specimen we examined was female, but did not have fully developed fruit or pinecones because there was no male species in the area.

We also were shown a shrub like plant with berries that was said to reduce fevers. One woman in the group testified that her mother dried the stalk of this plant, grated it into hot water which she was given to drink as a young child. Her fever disappeared overnight.

Address: Termas de Chillan,Chile
Directions: Andes Mountains

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  • Updated Mar 4, 2007
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