In the southern Chile, Araucanía Andina is a territory that unites all the facets of mountain tourism which combined with the presence of local indigenous communities, gives it a unique characteristics.
The Araucanía Andina is located between the Central Region of Chile and Northern part of Patagonia Chile. It sits between the Tourist destinations of the Bio Bio region to the North, and the resort town of Pucón and Lake Villarrica a few miles to the South.
The Araucanía Andina Region includes the Andean foothill counties of Cunco, Melipeuco, Vilcún and Curacautín, the Andean county of Lonquimay and the county of Victoria, provider of services and the entrance gate from Route 5 South. The total surface of the territory is 11,271 square kilometers with 107,530 inhabitants.
The geography of the territory is interrupted by the presence of mountains and volcanoes that give it its peculiar identity. Majestic volcanoes such as Llaima, Tolhuaca, Lonquimay and Sollipulli or mountain ranges such as the Sierra Nevada and Cordillera Las Raíces allow the practice of Trekking, Mountain Climbing, Rapelling, Canyoning and other adventure sports for people that enjoy more intense activities with greater physical demands.
Among the natural attractions of Araucanía Andina we encounter large extensions of native forests and majestic ancient Araucaria trees, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. Many of them are found in National Parks such as Conguillio and Tolhuaca, or Forestry Reserves such as Malleco, Malacahuello-Nalcas, China Muerta and Upper Bío Bío. Among the lakes and lagoons Conguillio, Icalma, Galletue and Arcoiris stand out for their extraordinary beauty.
In the territory there are three Thermal Baths, offering different spa services and relaxation therapies: Malalcahuello, Manzanar and Tolhuaca. At the same time, there are natural hot springs, embedded in beautiful natural surroundings, such as Río Blanco, Balboa, Queipue, San Sebastian and Huechelepun.
Araucanía Andina welcomes you to become acquainted with the customs, traditions and daily life of its country people, especially the Mapuches and Pehuenches who have called this magical landscape their home since immemorial times.
From Curacautín, driving toward Lonquimay 15 kilometers on the international route, you will find the Indio Waterfall. Manzanar Hot Springs are 18 kilometers away. The Princesa Waterfall is 22 kilometers away. On the other side you can turn 30 kilometers to the south, on the way out of Curacautín to the northern entrance of one of the most beautiful wildlife areas in Chile, the Conguillío National Park.
Continuing toward Lonquimay you discover Malalcahuello, a small town that serves as the entrance to one of the most exclusive hot spring centers in our country and also to the Malalcahuello-Nalcas National Reserve, with the Lonquimay volcano, 2.865 meters high, which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. There you will find the Corralco Mountain Center, surrounded by a spectacular araucaria forest.
From Lonquimay, you can visit the Los Arenales Ski Resort, Lake Galletué and Lake Icalma, both especially apt for fishing.
Going along the road toward Troyo and Contraco you arrive at Lake Ralco, reservoir formed by the Bío Bío River, which is surrounded by native forests, making it an ideal setting for those who love fishing.
Continuing along the international highway, you arrive at Liucura, a border village where you find the customs complex and from where you reach the Alto Bío Bío National Reserve close to the Argentine border. Leaving Liucura to the south you get to the Icalma Lake and border crossing.