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  • La palmeria de Ocoa
    La palmeria de Ocoa
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  • The road to la palmeria
    The road to la palmeria
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  • Young Chilean huaso
    Young Chilean huaso
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    The road to la palmeria

    by tommix Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    La "palmeria" (palm grove) de Ocoa is one of the most characteristic natural attractions of the La Campana (bell tower) National Park. The Chilean Palm tree (Jubaea Chilensis) is a kind of pinned-palm tree. Awe-inspiring, majestic and slow in its growing, it easily lives from 700 to 1000 years! Although its physical dimensions makes it one of the largest palm trees in the world (The trees can grow up to 30 meters!), this is not its most attractive feature.
    Its impressive beauty lies greatly in its perfect armony and grace, its appealing gray-colored trunk and bright green leaves.
    At the end of spring, the Palm Grove starts to show its yellow blooms, covering the earth beneath each adult palm tree as the flower bunches discard flowers in a selection process leaving room for the best fruit. Insects and birds feeding on the flowers accompany this stage. Later, already in summer, these bunches fill with globular green fruit that ripen until they reach a vivid yellow color. Then the fruit start to drop in summer finishing this process, commonly called "dripping", in the fall. During this period and until winter, the seeds (nuts) start to appear scattered on the ground after the fruit have dried up.

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    Young Chilean huaso

    by tommix Written Sep 4, 2004

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    For horse-lovers there is a possibility to visit some areas of the National Park on the horseback. As well to learn about rodeo activities, about the characteristics of Chilean horse species, about riding equipment in use in Chile and around the world. And all that in company of real Chilean "huasos" (cowboys).
    For 3 hours horse ride in the park you need to pay about 30 USD.
    For lazy people there is also a possibility to use a horse-cart instead of horseback! :)

    Horse renters are located close to park entrances.

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