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Discover the Traditions of Aruacanía

Just seven blocks from the Plaza de Armas, you'll find Cerro Ñielol Natural Monument, Temuco's only National Protected Wildlife Area. Take in the natural wonders of forests of peumos, boldos, olivillos, oaks, laurels and ulmos. Discover historical highlights like the Chilean Armistice Lantern Tree that commemorates the foundation of the city by the members of the Mapuche community who gave their land to the colonists.

If you want to learn more about local history, visit Temuco Regional Museum. It is housed in a Colonial-period manor house that was declared a National Historic Monument. There, you can explore a collection of over 3,000 objects including pictorial, photographic and archeological collections.

Be sure to include a trip to the Mercado Municipal on your itinerary. Hundreds of small shops offer crafts and souvenirs next to restaurants which serve up an appealing variety of local fare. As you walk though its colorful hallways, you'll be tempted by the aromas and sights of quality dishes at great prices, including paila marina (seafood stew), fish, cazuela (a Chilean meat or chicken stew), pastel de choclo (corn pie) and humitas (shredded cooked corn seasoned with onion and wrapped in corn husks).


Featured Destinations of Pucón, Villarrica and Temuco

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Getting There

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By Air
Direct flights depart Arturo Merino Benítez Airport in Santiago (1 h).
By Bus
Buses to Temuco depart daily from Santiago (9 h) from:
- Terminal Alameda: Av. Bernardo O'Higgins 3570, Universidad de Santiago Metro Station. Telephone: (562) 776-2424
- Terminal Santiago (formerly Terminal Sur): Alameda and Nicasio Retamales, 150 metros west of Terminal Alameda. Telephone: (56-2) 3761750
Local buses connect to other towns throughout the area.

Given the city's importance in the region and throughout the country, a number of companies offer transportation to and from Temuco.

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By Car
Take Route 5 South from Santiago (676 km).




A Tour for Romantics

Paragliding over the City Shopping

Araucanía's train route was started by the Pablo Neruda Railroad Museum. It offers the chance to rediscover a traditional route between the cities of Victoria and Temuco that recall the golden age of train travel. The steam engine used on the voyage dates back to the 1940s. For a complete schedule, visit www.museoferroviariotemuco.cl. If you're an unrepentant adrenaline lover, you will love paragliding over Temuco. The adventure begins at Cerro María Luisa, five minutes from the city's downtown area. Portal Temuco is the largest mall in southern Chile. The complex on Avenida Alemania, Temuco's main thoroughfare, offers a wide variety of stores that feature both Chilean and international brands. It's a shopping experience befitting a true urban center like Temuco.



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