In the Andean precordillera southeast of Curicó , the Río Claro plunges steeply over basalt bedrock into a series of pools known as the Siete Tazas (Seven Teacups), a feature that has given its name to this 5,026-hectare reserve. When the water is high with spring snowmelt, skilled kayakers have made this one of their favorite stops, but the reserve itself gets relatively few foreign visitors. Even when Chileans crowd it in summer and on weekends, areas off the main road are almost people-free.
Ecologically, distributions of drought-tolerant Mediterranean plants overlap southern Chile’s evergreen forests at Radal Siete Tazas. Ranging 600–2,156 meters above sea level, the park does not reach the high Andean summits to the east.
Nonkayakers can view the Siete Tazas via a short trail off the main road; a slightly longer footpath leads to an overlook to the Salto de la Leona, a tributary falls that plummets more than 50 meters into the Claro.
Longer hikes up the Valle del Indio and Cerro El Fraile are also possible. The lengthy trek north across the Claro to Reserva Nacional Altos del Lircay  traditionally requires a guide, as multiple tracks make route-finding difficult for those who don’t know the area, but as signing advances on the Sendero de Chile this should become simpler.
At Radal and Parque Inglés, there are rudimentary campgrounds with basic services; the former is community-run, the latter administered by Conaf. Sites at Conaf’s Camping Los Robles (tel. 071/228029, US$15) sleep up to six people.
Near Parque Inglés, Hostería Flor de la Canela (tel. 075/491613, US$34–41 pp with full board) offers accommodations December–March.
Basic supplies are available at Parque Inglés, but there’s a better selection in Curicó  or Molina.
Conaf collects a US$2.50 entrance fee (US$0.50 for kids) at Parque Inglés, where its Centro de Información also offers Saturday nature talks.
The Parque Inglés entrance is 50 kilometers east of Molina via a mostly unsurfaced road. In summer, from Molina, Buses Hernández (Maipú 1723, tel. 075/491607) goes as far as Parque Inglés (US$2.50) six times each weekday 8 a.m.–7:45 p.m.; the rest of the year, it goes only as far as Radal, at 5:30 p.m. daily except Sunday.