Araucanía: millennial forests, Mapuche culture and outdoor activities

Breathtaking landscapes, magnificent national parks, impressive waterfalls, … the Araucanía region in the south of Chile enchants with beautiful panoramas. It owes its name to the evergreen Araucaria trees that dominate the landscape of this region and are also the national tree of Chile.

Araucanía is the land of millennial forests, Mapuche culture and outdoor activities and an ideal destination for nature and culture lovers and all those who like to spend an active holiday.

Discover the Araucaria forests on a trekking tour and enjoy the stunning landscapes with volcanoes in the background or relax on one of the beautiful lake shores. This region offers plenty of leisure opportunities. Winter sports enthusiasts will be delighted by snow- covered slopes at the Corralco Ski Centre.

In 2018, the Conguillio National Park, located in the Andes in the Araucanía region was even nominated by National Geographic as one of the top 10 most beautiful parks in the world. Its name derives from the Mapuche word for water with Araucaria seeds. During the Chilean autumn in April and May is the best time to visit this park due to splendid display of colorful leaves in orange and red tones next to evergreen trees – a fantastic opportunity to take beautiful pictures.

If you like to travel by car, Chile is a good choice for an unforgettable self-drive journey. A road trip through the Araucanía region offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the views at your own pace and stay a little longer where it is most beautiful.TravelArt has created a route that will take you from Temuco through lush green forests and volcanoes to a magical place in the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve. Experience the untouched nature of Conguillio National Park along the way and benefit from countless options for outdoor activities.

If you want to know more about the history of Chile’s indigenous peoples and their culture, Araucanía is the place to be. Here you can experience Mapuche traditions at first hand, visit a ruka (typical dwelling) and enjoy their gastronomy. Discover the spice Merkén, a smoked chili pepper used as a traditional condiment in Mapuche cuisine in Chile.

5-Day-tour “In the footsteps of the Mapuche” – On ancient paths between volcanoes and ancestral culture.

TravelArt offers this interesting tour where ancient paths of the Mapuche Indians lead you through a journey through time to fascinating lagoons formed by ice ages and lava flows. Unique viewpoints make this trekking tour a spectacular experience. On this trip, you will not only follow in the footsteps of the Mapuche, but will be able to experience their culture, traditional cuisine and ancestral knowledge passed down to them up close.

For more information: www.travelart.com

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