Destination guide: Temuco, Chile
The city of Temuco is the starting point for several different tourist circuits in the south of Chile, such as the Nielol Hill, ideal for observing the wildlife of Araucania; the Conguillio, Nahuelbuta and Malalcahuello-Nalcas National Parks; Llaima volcano, whose slopes are home to the Las Araucarias ski center; Lake Conguillio; the Malleco viaduct with the highest bridge in Chile and the Pablo Neruda Railway Museum.
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With its leafy, palm-filled plaza, its pleasant Mercado Municipal and its intrinsic link to Mapuche culture, Temuco is the most palatable of all Sur Chico’s blue-collar cities to visit. The city is the former home of Pablo Neruda, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century, who once called it the Wild West. It is also the regional transit hub, with steady transportation to Santiago and connections to everywhere in Sur Chico and beyond. Temuco has affordable prices and gives a sense of the culture in the region that can’t always be seen in tourist towns.
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