In most of our hiking tours, we get to experience and see how the Mapuche live and who they are. The Mapuche are the indigenous people of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina. They share a common social, religious and economic structure as well as their own language called Mapundungun. This group of people makes up about 4% of the Chilean population and they are particularly concentrated in the Araucania Region, the place where most of our Bike Tours, Hiking Tours and Ski tours in Chile take place.
In our Hiking Tours, not only do we get to meet the Mapuche people, we are guided by them. In our Around Pucon Hiking Tour and our 9 days Hiking Tour, we get to visit different Mapuche communities. On our Bike Tours, as we ride, we get to see all the different road signs with Mapuche names of the towns along the way. As we ride directly on Mapuche land, we get to talk to them and learn about their culture. On our Bike tours, we even ride to a Mapuche Culture center, where you will learn and experience a little about their life.
As you will see on our Bike Tours, while you are riding along, or in our Hiking tours while you are in the middle of a National Park looking down at Mapuche land, the Mapuches live from agriculture, it’s a tradition they have maintained. They have a strong attachment to the land and nature. Their name says it all. The name Mapuche in mapundungun, means ´´People of the Land´´.