Conservation Travel in Chile
Last week, we experienced a fantastic and interesting Conservation trip. Indeed in Curarrehue. Twenty-three students from Atlanta (Georgia, USA) met with the communities and learned about their ancestral traditions and activities. When we arrived at Curarrehue. it was raining. So, the community members were waiting for us inside their Ruka (Traditional House) with a big warm fire. Our host, Ms. Regina, was there to talk about the Mapuche cosmovision and 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 playing Palín, a traditional game. Afterwards, we 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 visited her organic orchard, and continued our adventure to the Ralicura trail.
Along with our local guide, we hiked through a native forest. We learned more about the Mapuche’s belief in nature is a sacred place. After about 40 minutes, we arrived at a view point where we enjoyed incredible views of the Villarrica volcano and the Trapial Lake.
Finally, we prepared tortillas al rescoldo. In addition, we learned 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.