Parque Oncol
Photos by Lois and Don Porter

Some 32km from Valdivia, mostly on a bumpy gravel road, lies Parque Oncol. High atop the coastal range, it includes 754 hectares of mostly native forest. At 715 meters, the top of the ridge, lookouts provide a great view of Valdivia, with rivers and with the mountains in the distance. This park is funded by the Celco organization, so it has tremendous financial resources (which is clear from a visit to the website). It is a wonderfiul place, but it doesn't make up for the damage done to the rivers by Celco's plant.

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