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The Road towards a Healthy Life

Mónica Pons Eduardo Epifanio

Those of us who live in the big city must compensate for so much noise and hustle and bustle every now and then with a visit to some hot spring resort where we can breath fresh mountain air.

Hotel Termas Cauquenes and Río Cipreses Reserve - Rancagua

Feeling quite enthusiastic about visiting Hotel Termas de Cauquenes and then the Río Cipreses National Reserve, we were ready to take the Copper Road and leave the City of Rancagua behind once we were convinced of having chosen an interesting area for relax and contemplation.

Hotel Termas de Cauquenes is the oldest hot spring resort in Chile. Back in 1580, news about the healing properties of these waters had already been spread. Entire families arrived from Santiago de Chile and stayed in the surroundings for long seasons. Sick people and those who wished to recover from some illness used hollow logs to have a bath. We read that General don José de San Martín (from Argentina) resorted to them both before and after his trip to Peru as the Chief of the Liberator Army and that some meetings with General Bernardo O’Higgins (Chile) were held in this place.

Hotel Termas Cauquenes and Río Cipreses Reserve - Rancagua


Nearby Relax

At present, this is used as a site for recreation and rest, and also for therapeutic purposes. The hotel can accommodate approximately 300 guests. It is very ancient. It features colonial style. It has been very well conditioned and preserved. It offers equipment for congresses and conventions, as well as a wide range of international cuisine choices.

Five slopes are used for the baths in individual pools and in the outdoor swimming pool. This is an ideal site to enjoy contact with nature in a pure and quiet environment. A question came to mind after touring around the facilities: how can Earth give us so much hot spring water and with such good properties? It seems to have no end…

Hotel Termas Cauquenes and Río Cipreses Reserve - Rancagua


Outdoor Path

We left the paved roads behind in order to travel dirt wild paths towards the vast Río Cipreses National Reserve. The pace was very slow. When the road seemed long enough, we came to the access gate and the manager’s office, where the park ranger told us about the various alternatives to enjoy life outdoors in a completely natural environment.

The Cipreses River, which goes across the reserve, features certain areas open for swimmers. Besides, there are some lagoons at various levels with respect to the sea, some waterfalls and a huge area to see.

Hotel Termas Cauquenes and Río Cipreses Reserve - Rancagua

The activities that may be enjoyed in the venue include hiking, bicycle rides and some guided tours on horseback. The natural forest contains native wildlife (the mountain cypress represents the tree species) offers the possibility to practice mountain activities with well defined trails for those who enjoy intense hiking.

When we returned, we retraced our steps along the same trail we had gone along. We did not experience any inconveniences and had the feeling of having crossed the sky among cypresses, just one step away from the clouds.

Hotel Termas Cauquenes and Río Cipreses Reserve - Rancagua

Contact

Termas de Cauquenes

Termas de Cauquenes s/n, (2820000) , Rancagua, VI Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins
Cel: +56 988141782

Reserva Nacional Río de los Cipreses

Casilla 447 - Rancagua, (2820000) , Rancagua, VI Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins
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Location

Caracteristics

Difficulty

Low

Tour type

Hot springs and camping

Useful Data

How to get there

There are two ways of reaching the hot springs. If starting at Rancagua, take the Copper Road, get past Coya and border the Cachapoal River. Cross the water course and turn left. Then follow the sign posts.

If coming from Northern Chile, take the Panamerican Road and, after crossing the bridge over the Cachapoal River, turn in the direction of the Andes Mountain Range at Gultro Road Lieutenant Station. A total distance of 120km of paved roads with beautiful sights separates this destination from Santiago de Chile.

To access the Río Cipreses Reserve, visitors must travel along a 15-kilometer gravel stretch starting at Coya.

Bear in mind

Accommodation at Hotel Termas de Cauquenes requires prior reservation.

Contact

Termas de Cauquenes

Termas de Cauquenes s/n
(2820000)
Rancagua
VI Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins
Cel: +56 988141782

Reserva Nacional Río de los Cipreses

Casilla 447 - Rancagua
(2820000)
Rancagua
VI Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins


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