Heritage Routes cross Chile’s human geography

Along with the resumption of the historic «Valdiviano» and the expansion of the «Traces of Pablo Neruda» route, there are over 60 heritage routes throughout the country.

Sur Actual
Sur Actual

As of January 31 the departures of the “Valdiviano» will be resumed, a historic train that during the 30s and 50s ran through the 30 km stretch between the town of Antilhue and Valdivia, in Los Rios Region. Pulled by a centennial locomotive, the train will tour the Calle-Calle landscapes in three departures distributed during this summer. It is expected that after this limited return, the national Heritage Corporation will keep the route the rest of the year.

Another addition to this recent news is the inclusion of the childhood home of Pablo Neruda in Temuco to the «Traces of Pablo Neruda» route, which was acquired by the Ministry of National Assets. The route consists of five areas including 18 milestones related to the life and work of the poet, and is part of the Plan of Infrastructure and Regional Development for the Araucania Region.

Together with them, you can travel more than 60 heritage routes along Chile, created for visitors to learn in depth the different regions, their customs and traditions. The circuits are classified into four categories: Natural, Cultural, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights, distributed around the 15 Regions.

Natural routes are developed in the natural environment and landscapes, covering its attributes from the perspective of its flora and fauna, and physical geography. Cultural Heritage tours keep the history of Chile alive, aiming to support the local cultural identity and the preservation of traditions. Indigenous Peoples Routes point to the preservation of the heritage of our peoples, while Human Rights Routes focus on places marked by the military dictatorship and their collective memory.

On the official site of the Heritage Routes of the National Assets Ministry a complete guide by region can be found, with the option of downloading the circuits of interest.