Contulmo, Chile

Nahuelbuta Mountains and Mapuche Culture

4 Days | Cultural Activities, Trekking and Storytelling

Witness the beauty of the Nahuelbuta Mountain Range and Lake Lanalhue in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Here you'll find the beautiful Elicura Valley, historically populated by Mapuche communities. Enjoy a hike through ancient mountain trails, visit the village of German colonials and learn to use a traditional loom; to name a few activities in an experience of respectful harmony with Nature and the local communities.

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion, Connect with Nature, Historical Sites and Off the Beaten Path

Languages

Spanish
A bilingual guide can be arranged for extra cost.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity and Challenging workout

Location

Mountains, Lake, Rural Communities and Small Towns/Villages

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Travolution

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$412/person

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Speaks: Spanish

Highlights

  • Hike through Natural Reserve: Elicura Valley.
  • Visit Longko Miguel's Ruka (traditional Mapuche construction) and learn about the culture!
  • Become an expert in traditional trades such as spinning wool and preparing typical gastronomy.
  • Relax around a bonfire for some good old storytelling!
  • Take a hot water bath with salts and medicinal herbs.
  • Walk through the streets of Contulmo, the village of German colonials.

Details

Schedule

Be ready to go in the morning on Day 1. You may want to arrive the night before.

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Elicura Valley– Natural Reserve:
You will settle in the valley and after a delicious breakfast, you’ll hike through a Native Forest Reserve.

Traditional Mapuche lunch:
Back in the valley, you will go to Ruka Tegualda, where its owner will be waiting for everyone with an exquisite lunch made with local organic products.

Ruka Lelbún – Longko Miguel:
After a nice rest, you will learn about the Mapuche culture at Longko Miguel’s Ruka (traditional Mapuche home), who will guide us in the discovery of this amazing culture, telling us about Mapuche stories, myths and traditions.

Tour through the Valley:
During the morning you will learn traditional trades: you’ll spin wool, weave loom and prepare typical gastronomy.

Mapuche museum and artisans in Ñocha:
After a fantastic lunch, we’ll go to Cañete village, where a local guide will guide us through the Mapuche culture museum. After that we’ll visit wool weaver women in Huape area and see how they do this ancient trade.

Lafkenche soiree:
Nightfall means time for stories, bonfire and singing. Gathered around the fire we’ll sing and learn the ancient stories of this great culture.

Nahuelbuta National Park:
You’ll hike through the ancient mountain trails of this National Park. You’ll enjoy the tour under the ancient Araucarias trees and the impressive views of the ocean and volcanoes on the mountain range.

Medicinal relax:
After a great hiking day, nothing better than enjoying a hot water bath with salts and medicinal herbs. Ideal for recovering our bodies and our spirits after the day's efforts.

Share at nightfall:
After a day full of adventures, nothing better than sharing a mate, a tea and home made bread to recap the day memories.

Free morning:
This morning you’ll enjoy the warm sunrise. By the orchard and the fire you can admire the landscape surrounded by peace.

The last lunch in Nahuelbuta:
We’ll prepare our last lunch all together, sharing the trip's memories and the most important moments that marked your stay in Nahuelbuta.

Visit to the town of Contulmo:
This German colonial village is a reflection of how a community can maintain their architecture and cultural heritage over time. We’ll visit the square and the museum of the town. To recover our bodies after a long day, we’ll enjoy a delicious kuchen prepared in town.

Bus back to Santiago:
At 9 PM you’ll get a bus back to Santiago (in comfortable reclining seats).

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Cabin and Family Homestay

Activities

Cultural Activities, Walking tours, Trekking, Class/Workshop, Weaving and Cooking Class

Guide

Local guide (not bilingual) and Bilingual guide (extra $)

Room

Private Room and Shared Bathroom

Food

All meals included

Transport

Walk and Hike

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Travolution

Locally Owned Social Enterprise

From visiting the giant moai statues and volcanos on Easter Island to learning how to loom knit from the Mapuche people of Chile, Travolution offers a wide variety of intercultural experiences that facilitate mutually beneficial encounters between travelers and the local communities. They believe tourism can be a mighty tool for ensuring the sustainable development of these local communities.

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Getting There

Transport options

Bus and Drive
The trip begins in the village of Contulmo, next to Lanalhue Lake. If you do not have your own car, there are comfortable overnight buses (with reclining seats) available from Santiago.