Conservation Travel in Chile
OUR KEY ELEMENTS: ADVENTURE. PEOPLE. NATURE.
You’ll find these key elements in all of the travel experiences we create.
PEOPLE: You’ll find a true friend in our experienced and professional team of guides and drivers. They will show you the best of Chile and Argentina. You’ll get to know our country and meet local people at every destination.
During the last week we experienced a fantastic Conservation trip within the Mapuche Communities in Curarrehue. Twenty-three students from Atlanta, Georgia met with the communities and learned about their ancestral traditions and activities. Upon our arrival to Curarrehue it was raining, so the community members were waiting for us inside their Ruka (Traditonal House) with a big warm fire. Ms. Regina was there to explain to us about the Mapuche Cosmo-vision and their ancestral knowledge. She sang a traditional song and one of the students shared with all of us one of her own songs. After this beautiful exchange, the students enjoyed a Palín (Traditional game) workshop and shared dinner with the community around the fire.
The next day we had breakfast at Ms. Juanita’s place. We tried different dishes prepared with ingredients from her orchard and fruit trees. Sopaipillas, calzones rotos, wheat coffee, mate (a strong green tea traditionally drunk in Chile and Argentina), marmalades and jams, bread, cheese, free range eggs and fruits were some of what she served. Then we visit her organic orchard and continued our adventure to the Ralicura trail. Our Mapuche guide took us through a native forest and we were able to learn more about their belief in nature as a sacred place. After hiking 40 minutes we arrived to a view point where we enjoyed incredible views of the Ruka Pillan volcano and the Trapial Lake. During the afternoon we learned how to prepare tortillas al rescoldo and how to weave in a traditional loom as well as with vegetal fibers beside the river surrounded by trees.
At Amity Tours we believe that contact with people and local communities can be life changing. These types of activities make our trips unforgettable experiences that will remain in the minds and hearts of our guests forever.