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Curacautín - Lonquimay

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Discover the Land of the Pehuenche

Linked by the 4.5-kilometer Las Raíces Tunnel - the second longest in Latin America -, the communities of Curacautín and Lonquimay practice a wide variety of activities that represent the identity of the region's native people, the Pehuenche.

Depending on when you visit, your experience can include local rituals such as "verenadas," the period between January and May when families head to the mountain to collect wood and piñones (araucaria seeds) and feed their animals.

The excursions available to visitors who come to this area focus on the volcanoes, which are sure to be star players in the photographs you bring home. Every year, the restless Llaima and Lonquimay Volcanoes attract tourists, curious observers and scientists who come to study their considerable activity.

Visit the Nalcas-Malalcahuello National Reserve and walk the Piedra Santa Trail, which winds seven and a half kilometers past lenga, coigüe, oak and raulí trees. You'll also be treated to views of the Sierra Nevada, the volcanoes and the Cautín River.

Visits to the area's hot springs, which include Manzanar, Malalcahuello and Tolhuaca, help relieve ailments and reduce stress. The area has become a haven for relaxation and indulgence and features a variety of hotels and restaurants.

Local ski centers become popular attractions during the winter. Just 20 minutes from Lonquimay, Corralco offers runs that go right through beautiful native forests. You can also enjoy off-piste snow sports like randonée and airboarding.

When you're ready to kick back, relax and take in the incredible scenery, head to Laguna Galletué, where you can rent boats for family outings and go on horseback excursions through a landscape of never-ending lakes, volcanoes and araucaria trees.

 

Featured Destinations of Pucón, Villarrica and Temuco

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Tours you can do

Curacautín - Lonquimay

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Pucón Currarehue Hot Spring Routes
Sollipulli Budi Lake
TriCultural Gastronomy

 

Getting There

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By Bus
A number of local companies offer trips from Temuco to both towns throughout the day. There is also bus service between Lonquimay and Curacautín.
en auto
By Car
From Santiago, take Route 5 south to the Victoria exit (611 km), which leads to Curacautín (55 km) and then Lonquimay (64 km).
 

 

Tips

01

Lonquimay Tourism Week  Biking through Las Raíces  Local Traditions 
Each February, the town holds this event featuring the best of this community and its surrounding areas. Don't miss out on cultural performances and big goat roast finale. The Las Raíces Mountain Range is the perfect setting for a bike excursion. The highest parts of this section of the Andes offer perfect postcard pictures of araucaria-laden mountainsides. The Huella Pehuenche circuit 14 kilometers from Lonquimay on the slopes of Las Raíces is the perfect place to contact local guides who help tourists experience the traditions of their people. Each tour ends with a goat roast.

02

Trekking to the Navidad Crater     
This lateral crater gets its name from the December 25, 1988 eruption of the Lonquimay Volcano that created it. To get here, take a car to the Herradura-Los Volcanes Lookout, which is located a few kilometers beyond the ski center. From there, it is a two-hour trek through the snow.    

 

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