Lonquimay, Chile

Quinquén Community Life in Araucanía

4 Days | Community Visit and Hiking

An unforgettable way to experience the Pehuenche culture. In a natural mountain valley in Araucanía, surrounded by ancient Pewen forest (or Araucaria), volcanoes and Galletué Lake, you'll live a unique experience by the hand of the Quinquén community. You'll stay in the village to take part in daily activities like farming, while also going out for activities to explore the beautiful natural surrounds on hikes and horseback rides

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

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

Languages

Spanish
Locals will all speak Spanish. You can arrange for a bilingual guide.

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Rural Communities and Mountains

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Travolution

Locally Owned Social Enterprise
Starts at:

$320/person

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Speaks: Spanish

Highlights

  • Feel welcomed in the friendly Pehuenche community
  • Hike beautiful trails with local guide to see the revered Aurcaria trees
  • Experience daily lives alongside locals in the Quinquen community
  • Go fishing and horseback riding
  • Eat fresh, traditional Pehuenche food

Details

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

1 - 8 Travelers

Lonquimay to Quinquen:
We'll have a delicious typical breakfast in Lonquimay and then, we’ll go to the Pehuenche community of Quinquen.

Kelu Trufken Trail:
With Alex, the local guide, we’ll go into the mountains and ancient forests of the community, listening to stories of how the Pehuenche people have lived in these lands for long years.

Lunch and Matetún:
On our way back, we’ll recover our bodies with a typical Pehuenche lunch, and our spirits with an unforgettable conversation with one of the Elders of the community. During the night, we’ll stay at local families accommodation

Morning on the farm:
We’ll wake up early to do farm work: to feed animals,
collect chicken eggs and walk around learning about
the typical Pehuenche livelihood.

Los Cóndores trail:
Watching the landscape conformed by Galletué lake
and Batea Mahuida volcano is a real spectacle. With our
local guide, we’ll hike through this light trail and enjoy
the wonderful views and stories about the area.

BBQ by the lake:
After we get back from the hike, we’ll enjoy a typical
Pehuenche barbecue, sharing stories and drinking
mate by the lake in an unforgettable afternoon.
(optional: swim in Galletué lake)

Fishing in Quinquen river:
Wake up early, watch sunrise and enjoy a morning fishing
is something you cannot lose. Join us in this morning
adventure and hopefully a very special lunch.
(Optional: horse ride through Quinquen valley).

Ad Mahuida trail:
This trail has been specially prepared to know the forest
and the spiritual beings that dwell in this mountains.
Araucaria, Lenga and Ñirre trees will be our partners
through this beautiful hike.

School visit and Quinquen women artisans:
We’ll go to community center and there we’ll see the work
that Quinquen school does, with intercultural education.
Then, we’ll go to Kukañhue ruka center, to be delighted by
the loom and wool crafts that Quinquen women artisans
weave.

Lifkan Mahuida Trail:
As a grand finalle, we’ll traverse trough this trail that will
take us to the highest mountains in the community, there
we’ll enjoy an unforgettable view of the surroundings.

Pehuenche Lunch:
On our way back, we’ll enjoy a last lunch, hoping it gives
us energies so we can get back home.

Bus back to Lonquimay & Santiago:
In the afternoon, we’ll be transfered back to Lonquimay to
walk around town. During the evening, you can get a bus back to Santiago (in comfortable reclining seats), arriving the next
morning.

(Optional: you can stay more days, in Quinquén you’ll
always be welcomed).

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Cabin and Family Homestay

Activities

Community Visit, Farm Visit, Fishing, Horseback Riding and Hiking

Guide

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

Room

Private Room and Shared Bathroom

Food

All meals included

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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

Drive and Bus
You're home base for this trip will be the Quinquen community near Lonquimay. You can reach this area by overnight bus from Santiago or flying into the city of Temuco.