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Araucanía andina

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Araucanía "Au Natural"

Unlike Pucón and Villarrica, which are located a little further south, you won't find big towns, nightlife or casinos here. This is the Araucanía at its greenest, calmest and most rustic. Here, tourism is synonymous with nature and adventure.

Visit Conguillío National Park, where Araucaria trees adorn the hillsides and the Llaima Volcano rises mightily over them as if boasting about its status as one of the most active volcanoes in South America. Try your hand at hiking, cycling, kayaking and skiing, depending on the season.

Fall in love with towns like Curacautín and Lonquimay, where you can explore Pehuenche culture and gastronomy. Learn about the indigenous cosmovision, delight in the silver handicrafts and colorful textiles made with natural fibers and dyes, and find out why the Araucaria is a key element of this culture.

If relaxation and pleasure is what you are after, visit the area's four hot springs at Tolhuaca, Malalcahuello, Manzanar and Río Blanco, as well as the natural hot pools around Ranquil and Melipeuco. Termas de Malalcahuello is the largest local hot springs complex, with covered hot pools and spa services. If you visit during the winter months, combine a visit to the hot springs with a day of skiing at Las Araucarias or Corralco, both of which are located on the slopes of active volcanoes.


Featured Destinations of Pucón, Villarrica and Temuco

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Tours you can do

Curacautín - Lonquimay

Huerquehue and Villarrica National Park
Pucón Currarehue

Hot Spring Routes

Budi Lake
TriCultural Gastronomy


Getting There

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By Air
Flights depart daily from Santiago to Temuco's Maquehue Airport (1 hour), which is located about 7 km from the city.
By Bus
Buses depart Santiago to Temuco daily (9 hours).
• Terminal Alameda: Av. Bernardo O'Higgins 3570, Universidad de Santiago Metro Station. Phone: (56-2) 7762424
• Terminal Santiago (formerly Terminal Sur): Alameda and Nicasio Retamales, 150 meters west of Terminal Alameda. Phone: (56-2) 3761750

Local bus service is available from Temuco to Curacautín and Lonquimay.

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By Car
Take Route 5 south from Santiago to the Curacautín-Lonquimay Road exit near Victoria. Curacautín and Lonquimay are 55 and 63 km from the highway, respectively.




Las Raíces Tunnel Rural Life Photo Safaris 
Measuring four and a half kilometers, the tunnel between Curacautín and Lonquimay is the second longest in South America. It was opened in 1939 to accommodate trains, so it is quite narrow. Today it is used by road vehicles and, though fully lighted, is still quite an experience. Milking cows, feeding chickens and digging for potatoes may seem a little out of the ordinary for city dwellers, which is why agrotourism can be an ideal vacation choice in this region, especially for children. The reddish leaves of the deciduous trees contrast beautifully with the dark green of the Araucarias and the white of the snowcapped volcanoes each autumn. You can enjoy this spectacular scenery at lower prices and with fewer tourists and guaranteed quiet during the off-season.


By Dogsled  The Right Set of Wheels  
A new option for exploring some of the more pristine corners of Araucanía Andina region is mushing, or traveling by dog sled. The best part is that you get to be the musher to a pack of Siberian huskies. The main road to Curacautín and Lonquimay is paved, but if you want to explore the national parks, you will need a 4x4. Tire chains are required on all vehicles headed towards the ski centers during the winter.  



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