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Tourists can also do sports activities such as trekking where you can climb hills and watch petroglyphs,  signs of the presence of ancient cultures in the area.

Trekking routes

Fray Jorge National Park

Inserted in the so-called 'Dry coastal region of Coquimbo' the PN Fray Jorge own home samples of the semi-arid ecosystems coast of this latitude, but also an invaluable sample 'Valdivian forest' relic that has survived the changes weather occurring on the planet, in the last 10,000 years. So important is this heritage, which has earned him be declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, 1977. To explore and enjoy its various environments, the park has two paths: the 'Path of interpretation of the semiarid 'and the path' hydrophilic relict forest '.

The first path, circular type and just over 2.0 km., Runs through between xerophytic vegetation composed character and sclerophyllous species maitén, Huingan, guayacan, stick horse, thatch, copaos and Colliguay. Among the fauna, the Degu or mouse tail brush, short-tailed snake, the snake long tail and Pequén predators and red fox.

The second path is introduced into the wonder of hydrophilic forest. More than 650 km. north of its present location, the existence of this forest is due to the happy coincidence of climate, oceanic and topographic factors which combine to make the fog from the ocean (camanchaca) clash with the Altos de Talinay and download abundant moisture. This allows for themselves in the forests of south-central Chile, such as olivillo, the cinnamon and petrillo species.

Length: 11 km

Type: Difficulty: Very Low

Duration: 7 hrs

The Varillal

Located on an old goat path crianceros, within the grounds of the Agricultural Community Flores y Saavedra, in the area called Quebrada El Varillal near the village of El Rodeo Viejo (12 km. From Combarbalá), this small stretch the Sendero de Chile acercarce allows biodiversity and customs and lifestyles of the area.

Moving between bushes along a path of average width of 1 meter, with well demarcated edges, slopes generally mild, but in some points become more pronounced during their journey this path to appreciate some plant species such as meek rod, brava rod - which give rise to the name of the path, quillay, wonder of the field, pingo-pingo, chagual, hawthorn, kiosk, SANDILLON and copao. Among the highlights Fauna mainly birds, among which can be perceived visually and / or audibly: pitío, carpinterito, Turkish, tench, diuca, yal, condor, Harrier and Chilean partridge. Other wildlife species present but difficult to observe are: fox culpeo, short-tailed snake, lizard and degu crisp.

Length: 1.2 kms

Modality: Difficulty very low

Duration: 20 minutes

Valle del Encanto

The Valle del Encanto is an archaeological site is located in a ravine at 5 Kms. From Ovalle-Socos Road (Route 45) and 19 Kms. From the city of Ovalle. The vestiges of cultures as Molle in this area are represented by various pictographs and petroglyphs, and other traces made by hunters human groups around 2000 BC

One of the most important features is the presence of stones Tacitas, which are varying in size from holes in rocks that were probably used for grinding and storing food to others that have large enough for a person to fit into them.

It was declared a historical monument on February 5, 1973.

Length: 2.4 km

Modality: Difficulty very low

Duration: 40 mins

Samo High- Natural Monument Pichasca

Through a path of an attractive reddish, you'll witness ancient terrace cultivation and striking palette of hills and ravines, impacting for its geological formations.
The Pichasca Natural Monument is located between 711 and 1,072 meters above sea level, on a pre-Andean area and contains paleontological features (fossils of animals and plants) and archaeological (prehistoric and historic human remains).
The route begins along the Devil's Cave, a rock formation that leads to the first lookout hill overlooking the Clock; which takes its name from an ancient history of agricultural sector workers, who were guided in the shadow of this hill to know when it was noon. Continuing the path, lies the town of El Espinal after which you get to a second viewpoint, which allows access to the Rio Hurtado, through camping Charming Rocks.
Continuing the walk, and after a third viewpoint, you will reach the Quebrada La Cantera, which leads to the town of San Pedro de Pichasca, remarkable for its typically Creole constructs an abundant population of burrowing parrots. A kilometer past the village, you enter the Natural Monument Pichasca a protected wildlife area and managed by CONAF.

Length: 7.9 kms

Modality: Low difficulty

Duration: 2 min hrs30

Samo Alto - The Minillas

In this segment, then about 5 kilometers, you will reach a flock called The Totorita. A 4 km away is the flock Los Valdivia.

Since half the distance and distance can be seen the iconic hill Clock. Surrounding this hill, and almost at Samo Alto can enjoy a panoramic view Hurtado River Valley. Already in the final run-in the vehicular- way you can access the archaeological site The Jars, an interesting route rock art belonging to the Cultural Complex the Molle.

From the town of Las Minillas can appreciate the privileged landscape formed by the mountain ranges that break the geography of the region. This town surprises visitors with its living traditions, such as Chilean races and weaving loom. Here you can find tourist services as rent horses or mules, plus craft loom, which reflects the variety of colors of the surrounding hills in their creations.

Length: 10 kms

Modality: Low difficulty

Duration: 10 hrs