Heritage Route No. 28

Valleys of La Araucanía - from Cautín to Ranquil Rivers

This is an opportunity to drive across the intermediate depression, then up to the Andean heights, passing along the way through gentle rolling hills upstream from Cautín River, against a backdrop of volcanoes mantled with pure white snow.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009  
Valles de La Araucanía Valles de La Araucanía

Location: Province of Malleco, La Araucanía Region.

Distance: 256 km.

Travel Time: 3 days.

Travel Mode:  Automobile, walking and horseback.

Season: The year round except for the mountainous portion; only between December and April.

Landmarks: 24.

Main Attractions: This is an opportunity to drive across the intermediate depression, then up to the Andean heights, passing along the way through gentle rolling hills  upstream from Cautín River, against a backdrop of volcanoes mantled with pure white snow. The Llaima, Tolhuaca and Lonquimay volcanoes stand out. Once you have climbed higher, incomparable views unfold of lakes and the extraordinary founts of geothermal energy that are the hot springs. These landscapes are guarded by the forests and condors and swept by frigid winds from the Ranquil mountains – all prizes for adventure lovers. Along with its vistas of nature’s wealth, this route reveals cultural and historical attractions that tell of the legacy of Araucanía’s originating peoples.

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