Spirit of Araucania - 4 days
Experience the Mapuche Culture. The Mapuche are the only indigenous group in South America that were able to fiercely defend and successfully maintain their independence, bravely protecting their nation from, first, the Incas, and later the Spanish. Today, 80% percent of Chile’s indigenous population is Mapuche, with the largest concentration residing in Araucanía
DAY 1: FREIRE AIRPORT – TEMUCO
This day, will mark the beginning of our extraordinary program. After arriving to the Freire Airport we will be taken on a city tour of Temuco, the capital of La Araucanía Region. Our first stop will be the Ñielol Hill, a natural monument located within the city. There, we will explore our surroundings while learning about the history of this place and its link with the Mapuche people. Afterwards we will visit the Pablo Neruda Train Museum where we will hear about this poets’ life and the first trains of Chile. Subsequently we will continue to the Estación Neighborhood known for its incredible architecture of the early 1900s. Nearby we will also find the picturesque Feria Pinto: a lively fruit and vegetable market where the Mapuche culture and the local community come together. After visiting Temuco’s highlights, we will arrive to our hotel. Overnight in Temuco. (SNACK)
DAY 2: TEMUCO – BUDI LAKE
Today our cultural journey will begin when we are whisked away to the coastal section of the La Araucanía Region. It is in this sector that we will find the ethnic Mapuche community of Llaguepulli, located on the Budi Lake. This location is known for its incredible beauty and a variety of avifauna that migrate to this salt lake every year. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a traditional lunch made with local products of the region. As we enjoy our meal we will learn about what life as a Mapuche is like and their spiritual connection with the ocean and nature. After a full stomach, we will have time for a little rest and relaxation. Later that day we will have the opportunity to enjoy a ride on an ox drawn carriage. We will be taken to a homeopathy garden where we will learn all about the different plants used in Mapuche medicine, known for their natural healing properties. Our day will conclude with a homemade dinner, prepared with fresh ingredients. Overnight in a traditional ruka (Mapuche house) near Budi Lake. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: BUDI LAKE NAVIGATION & SURROUNDINGS
Our morning will start early when a hearty breakfast is served inside our rukas. Afterwards we will be treated to a navigation across Budi Lake where will have the opportunity to enjoy this serine landscape, flora and fauna. During our boat trip, we will make a stop at a nearby cavern where we will learn about the formation of this lake and history of the land. Following our fun excursion, we will then proceed to a vegetable garden to gather the products we will need for our lunch. After a delightful meal and little time to ourselves, we will then visit the house of a local artisan. There we will participate in a workshop to learn ancient techniques used in wool handcrafts. After this artistic experience, we will have a little down time. Towards the end of the night, we will gather around a fire to reflect on our day, life and beliefs. Our wonderful day will end after we have a delicious dinner prepared by local cooks. Overnight in a traditional ruka (Mapuche house) near Budi Lake. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: BUDI LAKE – FREIRE AIRPORT
After a country style breakfast, we will make our way to back to the Freire Airport. Our trip will have ended, but we will have witnessed true Mapuche spirit. (B)
Price per person in US$, double occupancy :
Hotels we use in this program: Hotel Bayern & Lewfu Budi
- 1 overnight in Temuco with breakfast.
- 2 overnights with full board in Lago Budi.
- Meals according itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, LB= Lunch Box).
- Transfers and excursions in private with English speaking guide.
Lewfu Budi: accommodation in a Ruka (Mapuche house) or Cabin