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Curarrehue: Living traditions of the Mapuche culture

Curarrehue: Living traditions of the Mapuche culture

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ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE AMONG THE MOUNTAINS OF CURARREHUE

In the Araucanía region, a few kilometers from Pucón, is Curarrehue, surrounded by Andean peaks and the characteristic landscapes of the Lake District, a place to share with the Pehuenche culture of the community that will welcome you with open arm.

 

In this tour you will be able to live experiences like walks in native forests, learning and living traditions and stories of the Pehuenche, enjoying nature and a unique gastronomy that will make your trip unforgettable.

 

Share this sustainable and community-based tourism experience with the residents of Curarrehue and Travolution!

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mapuche Ancestral Story
  • Workshops on Mapuche and rural gastronomy
  • Visit to Native Forest nursery
  • Hiking in Villarrica National Park
  • Visit to Carilafken Lagoon
  • Medical Talks
  • Huerta Workshop 
  • Hot spring bath

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Cultural 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Physical Demand 40%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Family 80%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Nature 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Gastronomy 80%

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Light clothing for the day and warm clothing for the night / Trekking shoes / Bathing suit / Hat / Sunglasses / Sunscreen / Water bottle (At Travolution we avoid buying plastic bottles and appreciate if you bring a reusable one)
  • Included
    24/7 assistance
    Contribution to WINTA or TDLF
    Local guide in Spanish
    Meals when mentioned
    Nights in cabins run by local families
    Payment by bank transfer or credit card
    Transport when mentioned
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic drinks
    Camping
    Domestic flights
    Interpreter guide
    Meals not mensioned
    Standard room w/private bathroom
    Tickets
    Tip
    Transportation on excursions
    Travel insurance
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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO CURARREHUE! LEARN ABOUT AN ANCIENT CULTURE

Ancestral story: We will go to a Mapuche house with fireplace called Inaltuleufu Ruka, where we will be able to have a conversation about the Mapuche worldview.

 

Tortilla Workshop: After an interesting conversation, we will learn how to make "Tortillas de Rescoldo" cooked with fire and ashes.

 

Mapuche food and rural life: The lunch will be in Elisa restaurant, a famous place in Kurarewe where all the recipes include local ingredients. Afterwards, we will get to know diverse aspects of the rural Mapuche livelihood.

 

Vegetable ecological garden visit: In the afternoon, next to Curileufu river, a local entrepreneur will show us his reforestation work with native species: seeds picking, greenhouse and reproduction.

 

Family accommodation: At the end of the day, a local family will welcome us into their home for food and sleep.

 

Included: excursion, dinner, local guide, lunch, transport, breakfast, room.

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DAY 2 - HIKING IN VILLARICA NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast: The day begins with a delicious traditional Mapuche breakfast.

 

Trekking: We will arrive at Quillelhue lagoon on the border with Argentina and inside Villarrica National Park, where you will begin the trekking by an old international pass that crosses the temperate rainforest with araucarias, watching many endemic birds.

 

Andean lagoons: The circuit goes up until wonderful Andean lagoons. The Roquiñ (picnic) will be in the foothills of the majestic Lanín volcano, also called Awel Ñamku (3.747 above sea level) by the locals, with magnificent views over the mountains around the Trankurra river.

Difficulty: Medium

 

Family accommodation: At the end of the day, a local family will welcome us into their home for food and sleep.

 

Included: excursion, dinner, local guide, lunch, transport, breakfast, room.

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DAY 3 - MAPUCHE MEDICINE AND TRADITIONAL GARDEN

Breakfast: The day begins with a delicious traditional Mapuche breakfast.

 

Ancestral medicine talk: After breakfast, the trip takes us to a Longko's home, an ancestral authority, who will offer a talk on the traditional medicine of the Mapuche people and will show his orchard of medicinal plants.

 

Traditional orchard of seed protector: In Pocolpén, you will be received by a seed protector. The hostess will take us through her agro-ecological garden, sharing her extensive knowledge about plants, the stories of the seeds and the medicinal use.

 

Local lunch: In the afternoon, the Camilo Coñuequir Lloftonekul Indigenous Community will receive us in Ruka Trankurra, where you will taste a lunch based on traditional Mapuche food.

 

Workshop and walk: After the meal, there will be a short walk to the Copihupulli Waterfall. On the way back, the community Longko will share with you the history of their family and their relation with the territory. The program will end with a visit to a workshop on processing products derived from honey and natural herbs within the community.

 

Family accommodation: At the end of the day, a local family will welcome us into their home for food and sleep.

 

Included: excursion, dinner, local guide, lunch, transport, breakfast, room.

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DAY 4 - NATIVE FOREST AND HOT SPRINGS

Breakfast: The day begins with a delicious traditional Mapuche breakfast.

 

Medicinal Orchard and Native Forest Hike: We will visit a medicinal plant garden in Huitraco, where you will learn from the different uses of plants in the Mapuche culture. Afterwards, we will go through an interpretative path of native forest, where you will be able to identify the native flora.

 

Local lunch: In the afternoon, the Camilo Coñuequir Lloftonekul Indigenous Community will receive us in Ruka Trankurra, where you will taste a lunch based on traditional Mapuche food.

 

Thermal Waters or Native Species: The day ends with adventure or relaxation: you will be able to choose to get to know the different species of flora and native trees, making arborism, a tour by platforms in height or a moment of relaxation in thermal waters.

 

The end of the adventures!

 

Included: local guide, lunch, transport.

Location

Curarrehue

CURARREHUE

 
Curarrehue (stone altar) is a commune in Chile, in the Province of Cautín in the Araucanía Region. The commune, together with Pucón and Villarrica, is part of the development pole called "Andean lake" of the Araucanía. It was founded in 1981.
 
The communal capital is located 40 km from the border with Argentina through the Mamuil Malal Pass. Its community is mainly of Mapuche origin who came here in 1870-1880. They didn’t do it voluntarily but rather as an escape from Chilean and Argentinian army who forced them to flee their previous place of residence.
 
Main economic activities of local communities are the lumber and cattle industry. Since a few decades, there has been some tourist activity and it’s not surprising: the landscape of native forests, lagoons, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and volcanoes stand out in an environment protected from human civilization. In addition, community-based tourism has been an activity that has allowed them to generate extra income and rescue their cultural riches.
 

Come and enjoy a different experience of sustainable and community-based tourism!

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