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Quinquen: Learn from Pehuenche families in the midst of millenary araucarias

Quinquen: Learn from Pehuenche families in the midst of millenary araucarias

from USD $673 per person

QUINQUÉN VALLEY, HISTORY OF STRUGGLE AMONG ARAUCARIAS

Quinquén Valley or “Kmkañhue” (refuge in Mapudungún language) is located at the southern mountains, close to Lonquimay. This Pehuenche (people from the Pehuen or Araucaria tree) community invites you to know more about their culture and to live like them in this pristine mountain valley, surrounded by thousand-year-old Araucaria forests, volcanos and Galletué and Icalma lakes. 

 

In this tour, you will have a complete immersion in the community together with a host Mapuche-Pehuenche family. You will know why this is a place of cultivation, with different sprouts of fruits, vegetables, and spices that are fundamental in the seasoning of the food, such as merken. You will taste some typical dishes of the area, such as charquicán, empanadas con pebre, roasted lamb, ember omelets, among others. You will also have the possibility to taste a common drink of the region called the apple and wine chicha. Also, you will participate in the harvesting and tasting of the pine nuts of the area.

 

Following the rhythm of your hosts, you will not feel rushed and you will not count the minutes since, according to them, the heart reminds us of the true rhythm of time that passes. Come and live this experience of cultural tourism together with the community and Travolution.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk Kelu Trufken Trail
  • Walk The Condors Trail
  • Walk Lifkan Mahuida Trail
  • Conversation and mate with the locals (matetún).
  • Weaving and spinning workshop
  • Degustation of local foodWeaving and spinning workshop
  • Home stay

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Tour Features

Porcentaje Comunitario

Community-Based 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Cultural 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Physical Demand 40%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Family 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Nature 100%

Porcentaje Comunitario

Gastronomy 70%

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

Lunch: After being welcomed by your host family and getting comfortable, we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared with typical ingredients from the valley.

 

Kelu Trufken Trail: Alex, a young teacher from the community and also a local guide, will take us on a hike through the mountains and ancient forests of this place. With him, we will learn about the daily practices of the Mapuche Pehuenche culture, we will learn about the art of piñoneo ("pine-nut picking"), one of the main activities of this territory. We will also learn about the interesting history of this people's struggle for the recovery of their land.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Matetún: The Mate for the Pewenche people is a form of communication, of uniting in word and also of listening and welcoming those who visit the community. Here you will meet with one of the wise men of the community while enjoying hot mate and tortillas. This journey is also an invitation to open up the meaning of listening and learning.

 

Accommodation and family dinner: After an exciting day, we will have dinner with our host families, where we will also spend a night of absolute peace and silence.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

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DAY 2 - MOUNTAIN LIFE AND THE CONDOR TRAIL

Mountain Life: We will get up early to accompany the family in the field and help out where possible: foraging animals, collecting eggs and walking in the fields, getting to know the Pewenche lifestyle.

 

The Condor Trail: Watching the spectacular Lake Galletué and the Batea Mahuida Volcano on the border with Argentina is undoubtedly a must in Quinquén. Together with our guide and at a slow pace, we will continue to learn about the stories of the ancient Pehuenche on this quiet trail.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Afternoon Free: You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the woods, talk to people or do optional activities (ask the Travolution team for options).

 

Accommodation and family dinner: Volveremos a nuestras casas para cenar y dormir.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

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DAY 3 - SPINNING AND WEAVING WORKSHOP

Weaving and spinning workshop: Weaving is a way of making a specific item but also of building, reflecting and sustaining the memory of a people. That is what many women in the south of Chile do. To learn more about this practice, we will participate in a wool spinning and weaving workshop, which will be guided by a woman from the community. Here, the wool is completely natural as well as all the elements used for dyeing.

Duration: 2:30 hrs / 2-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: Try a delicious typical lunch made by the community.

 

Afternoon Free: You will have the afternoon free to enjoy the woods, talk to people or do optional activities (ask the Travolution team for options).

 

Accommodation and family dinner: We'll go back to our homes for dinner and sleep.

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

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DAY 4 - LIFKAN MAHUIDA TRAIL

Lifkan Mahuida Trail: As a grand finale, Joaquín, a craftsman of the picoyo and local guide, will take us to know the sacred forest he respects, loves and cares for so much. Through a walk, the forest invites us to awaken all our senses to hear the birds, smell the flowers and plants, and perhaps even see some puma tracks. With our senses already open, we will finally arrive at the top of the mountain from where we can enjoy the moving and imposing peaks of volcanoes, the best landscape for saying goodbye to these days.

Duration: 5 hrs / 4-hour walk

Difficulty: Medium

 

Lunch: On the return from our walk, Joaquin's family will wait for us with a wonderful traditional lunch.

 

The end of your adventure!

 

Included: transport, lunch, excursion, local guide, dinner, bedroom and breakfast.

Location

Quinquén

QUINQUÉN VALLEY

Quinquén valley is located in a mountainous zone close to Lonquimay volcano and to the lake Galletué. In its more than 7700 acres of land, there are Araucaria forests, lenga and other species of high Andean flora that cover 90% of its total territory.
 
Quinquén is the First Native People Conservation Territory in Chile. Originally, the valley was occupied by more than 120 Pehuenche families, nowadays there are about 50. Pehuenche means ‘People from the place with Araucania trees’ and Quinquen Valley is one of just a few areas in Chile where there are huge ancient forests of these magical trees. During many years, local communities had to fight against the private sector in order to protect them from being cut down. Fortunately, they achieve their goal and now the Araucania is a national monument and it is a protected species in its natural habitat
 
Apart from taking care of the nature and its wonders, local communities have faced the problem of colonial populations. Like other indigenous peoples of Chile, Pehuenches had to fight for their rights
 
For as far as the history goes, Pehuences were considered illegal occupants of Quinquen. Thankfully, in 2007, after numerous tries and years of waiting, Quinquen community finally received the ownership title over their ancestral lands. Thanks to the community effort, the people kept their homeland and protected those beautiful Araucania forests that you and I can visit anytime we want.
 
Community-based tourism is presented as an alternative option to their sources of income and as another possibility to protect their lands. For some inhabitants, it has even served to avoid having to go to work in the cities and thus be able to stay longer in their natural environment, a place to which they have been linked since birth, like an umbilical cord that joined them to their mothers.
 

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

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