La Araucanía attractions

National Park in La Araucanía

Parque Nacional Conguillío

The 3125m Volcán Llaima, one of Chile's most active volcanoes, forms the focal point of Parque Nacional Conguillío and the Unesco Biosphere Reserve in which its included, a magnificent and otherworldly national park…
Nature Reserve in La Araucanía

Reserva Nacional Malalcahuello-Nalcas

Serving up one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Sur Chico and easily the jewel of northern Araucanía’s protected reserves, the 303 sq km Reserva Nacional Malalcahuello-Nalcas is a combined reserve just nort…
National Park in La Araucanía

Parque Nacional Villarrica

Towering over the adventure capital of Pucón, Volcán Villarica is the centerpiece of Parque Nacional Villarrica, one of the most popular parks in Chile. Highlights of the 630-sq-km park are the three volcanoes: the …
National Park in La Araucanía

Parque Nacional Huerquehue

The 125-sq-km preserve, founded in 1912, is a little wonderland of waterfalls, alpine lakes and araucaria forests and the creatures that traverse them, including the pudú (the world’s smallest deer) and arañas polli…
Nature Reserve in Río Liucura & Río Caburgua Valleys

Santuario El Cañi

The nature sanctuary El Cañi is proof that concerned citizens can make a difference and affect conservation of old-growth forests. When logging interests threatened the area in 1991, Fundación Lahuén, a small cluste…
Historic Site in Temuco

Monumento Natural Cerro Ñielol

Cerro Ñielol is a hill that sits among some 90 hectares of native forest – a little forested oasis in the city. Chile's national flower, the copihue (Lapageria rosea), grows here in abundance, flowering from March t…
Museum in Temuco

Museo Regional de La Araucanía

Housed in a handsome frontier-style building dating from 1924, this small but excellent regional museum is one of Sur Chico's best. There are permanent exhibits recounting the history of the Araucanian peoples befor…
National Park in La Araucanía

Parque Nacional Tolhuaca

The 64-sq-km Parque Nacional Tolhuaca is one of park system’s best-kept secrets – so secret, in fact, that it's not even listed on Conaf's web site! As it is harder to get to than nearby Conguillío, it draws less cr…
Museum in Curarrehue

Museo Intercultural Trawupeyüm

A sparse but informative museum of Mapuche culture housed in a modern interpretation of a mountain ruka, a traditional circular Mapuche dwelling oriented to the east.
Museum in Villarrica

Museo Histórico Arqueológico Municipal

Mapuche artifacts (including jewelry, musical instruments and rough-hewn wooden masks) are the focus of this small museum behind the tourist office.