About Araucania

About Araucania

This land is sacred… The region of Araucania is homeland of the Mapuches, one of the main indigenous groups of Chile. It´s located approx. 670 km south of Santiago, where the climate becomes more humid and vast rainforests as well as dozens of lakes start to appear.

Virgin forests of Coigüe, Rauli, and Tepa, grow all over the region. But the majestic Araucaria, or monkey puzzle tree, towers above the other ones. A large part of this natural wealth is protected in various national parks or national reserves boasting a heterogeneous variety of landscape including countless rivers, lakes, canyons, volcanoes, and natural hot springs

Temuco is the capital of the Araucania Region, but the touristic center is Pucon. It is beautifully located at the shores of Villarrica Lake and starting point for different excursions, such as Trekking in the national parks Villarrica o Huerquehue, Rafting on the Trancura River (grade 3-4), Sunbathing at the black (volcanic) sand beaches or relaxing in one of the numerous Hot Springs. In the northwest of the Araucania lies the spectacular Conguillio National Park, with the smoking Llaima Volcano crowning its landscape.

TRAVEL SEASON

All year round, although best time is from October to April. Skiing season from June to September.

SPECIAL NOTES

Numerous national parks and nature parks with still unexplored areas are ideally for Trekking, Horseback Riding, Biking, high mountain tours, Skiing (e.g. Pucon), Rafting, Kayaking, Fly Fishing.

CLIMATE

Rainy moderate climate. Rainfalls may last various days. Periods of glorious sunshine in January and February.

DISTANCES

  • Temuco – Pucon: 112 km
  • Pucon – Villarrica: 25 km
  • Pucon – Puerto Varas: 320 km

FLIGHT TIMES

  • Temuco – Santiago: 1h 25min
  • Temuco – Puerto Montt: 45min