Map

Map

The Achibueno River is located in the seventh region, Linares district. It is a small river that springs from the Achibueno Lagoon and which flows down through a lovely valley situated in the foothills of the impressive Andes Mountains such as the Nevado de Longaví.

The river stands out for the color of its water (a strikingly transparent blue) and the large deep pools that are found in each curve of its descent. It is not well known outside of the Linares district – perhaps due to the poor conditions of the roads leading to it or because it has never been well promoted for tourism. But it can be said that the Achibueno is one of the most beautiful rivers in the Central zone.

Its vegetation is characterized by native forest of transition between the foothills and the Andes Mountains, with a large diversity of tree species and plants with conservation problems which until now have only been partially described. According to the Red Book of the Terrestrial Flora of Chile (1989), in Region VII, 23 species exist with conservation problems. 6 of them are found in the Achibueno valley.

Autumn in Achibueno

Autumn in Achibueno

The following species are found in the category of  Vulnerable : Austrocedrus Chilensis (Ciprés de Cordillera), Nothofagus Glauca (Hualo) and Nothofagus Leonii (Huala), and in the category of “Rare” are: Citronella Mucronata (Naranjillo), Orites Mirtoidea (Radal Enano) and Eucryphya Glutinosa (Guindo Santo) which grows exclusively on the river banks so that the modification of its flow will undoubtedly affect this species.

Unfortunately systematic studies have not been carried out on the fauna to date but one can easily observe Tricahue parrots (Cyanoliseus patagonus), and Black Woodpeckers (Campephilus magellanicus) along the river banks and ravines. The local cowboys also talk about loss of cattle due to puma attacks (Felis concolor) and have observed one of the world’s smallest deer , the pudu (Pudu puda). All of these species are found in danger of extinction for the Maule region, considering that practically all of this zone’s ecosystems have been intervened.

Tricahue

Tricahue

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