The town is surrounded by the hills known as La Campana and El Roble which are authentic sanctuaries of local flora and fauna. It is one of the most traditional enclaves in the central region and offers events like the Festival del Huaso de Olmué. It has 13 000 inhabitants.
Founded at the end of the 19th century, its name originates from "gulmué", which means "land of the elms" in the Aymara language. You can walk around the picturesque town square situated between Prat Street and Almagro Street and visit the Parish Nuestra Señora del Rosario, adjoining the Teniente Merino Park where you can rent horses to travel around the town.
You can also visit the La Campana National Park (Avenida Granizo, Paradero 45, (56) (33) 44 3067), located in the middle of the coastal mountain range, which encompasses 8 000 hectares. It is home to 57 types of birds, trees like the palqui, myrtle and boldo, as well as a creek descending from the mountain. There are camping facilities.
Another nearby attraction is El Palmar de Ocoa, where you will find the largest number of Honey Palm trees (in extinction). Apart from this, you also have the Santuario del Niño Dios de la Palma and Patagual Park, where the annual Festival del Huaso de Olmué is held, which since 1970 has been celebrating Chile’s Creole traditions.
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