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La Araucanía and Pucón

Located about 700 km south of Santiago de Chile, the Region of La Araucanía has fluid connectivity by land and air. It also marks the point where the intense green of southern Chile is born, watched over by the imposing presence of volcanoes that draw the profile of the Andes Mountain Range, covering forests, lakes and rivers.

This nature is protected in accessible National Parks and Reserves through an important network of trails. The Araucanía has landscapes reminiscent of the Alps, but with ski centres located on the slopes of active volcanoes and numerous hot springs in the surroundings. Its geography modelled by volcanoes, has created ideal scenarios for adventure tourism; like rapids, canyons and lava fields.

The tenacious resistance of the Mapuche people constituted the main obstacle for the advance of the Spanish colonisers, who for more than two centuries did not manage to cross this limit. The presence of this original population – the most numerous and representative of Chile – makes La Araucanía a destination full of identity, and in which it is possible to experience remarkable experiences of contact and cultural learning.

Pucón is an Andean Mountain Chilean city, which belongs to the Region of La Araucanía. It is the main door to the Chilean Patagonia. Pucón is located on the eastern shore of Lake Villarrica, and Villarrica Volcano. Pucón’s location by a lake and a volcano, along with its relatively stable climate, especially in summer, make it a popular destination for tourists. It offers a variety of sports and adventure/recreational activities for tourists, including water skiing, snow skiing, backpacking, white water rafting and kayaking, horseback riding, natural hot springs, zip line rides, skydiving and guided ascents of Villarrica volcano. Additional information can be found at: www.welcomechile.com/pucon

Universidad de La Frontera

The Universidad de La Frontera – UFRO (www.ufro.cl) was established on March 10th, 1981, through the merger of the University of Chile and the Technical University of the State, both being public universities in Temuco, Chile. Today, UFRO is a public university that belongs to the Chilean Council of Rectors and is ranked among the top 10 universities in Chile. According to the Times Higher Education (THE, 2020), UFRO is ranked 46th, making it one of Latin America’s top 50 universities.

UFRO is an institution that guarantees the highest standards of quality and excellence in higher education in Chile. In recent years, it has demonstrated remarkable progress in terms of selectivity, positioning itself as the top-ranked public educational institution in central-southern Chile.

How to get to Pucón

Participants should take a flight to the Airport of Temuco, La Araucanía, Chile (ZCO). For more information, please visit the airport’s official website: www.aeropuertoaraucania.cl. There are daily flights available from Santiago to Temuco. The duration of the flight from Santiago to Temuco is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. Temuco (ZCO) is the closest airport to the destination.

Once arrived at the Airport of Temuco, participants can travel by transfer or taxi to Pucón. Transfer and taxi tickets are sold in the Airport hall. The Airport of Temuco is 82 km fairway to Pucón. The taxi fare is about CLP 80.000 and takes about 70 min. Instead, participants can use the Airport Transfer, which costs about CLP 20.000, in this case the service is available for groups of 1-5 people at CLP 100,000, 6-8 people at CLP 140,000, and 9-12 people at CLP 200,000. For more information, please visit www.transfertemuco.cl

Alternatively, participants have the option of reaching the «JAC» Bus Station in Temuco from the Temuco Airport by either taking a transfer or a taxi. The Bus Station, also known as «Terminal JAC Balmaceda,» is located at Av. Balmaceda, 1005, Temuco. For transfers from the Temuco Airport to the Bus Station, the fare is CLP 7,000 per person. Alternatively, taxis charge approximately CLP 15,000 – 20,000 for the same journey. Once at the «JAC» Bus Station, participants should board a bus to Pucón, which costs around CLP 6,000.

As an additional alternative, daily buses from Santiago to Pucón and vice versa are available (about 9 h). Chilean highways are renowned for being among the best in the Americas. Several bus companies offer the convenience of online ticket sales. You can purchase tickets through websites like www.recorrido.cl or www.kupos.cl