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Milla Ruka - Other Activity Temuco - Chile

The Mapuche lonko (leader) Millapán led the last battle against the invading Chilean army on November 5-6, 1881 at Wallmapu. In the midst of those blood-soaked fields, the descendents of the defeated Millapán have brought forth their traditions, nourished by the history of their strong nation. Guests can visit the village Milla Ruka to get a feel for the Mapuche way of life. Go for a day trip, sample classic Mapuche cuisine and rent a horse to ride to Chol Chol. For a more immersive experience, spend the night with the kin of Millapán.

20 kilometers (12 miles) northwest of Temuco
Temuco, Chile

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Getting There
By car—From Temuco, take Avenida Pedro de Valdivia out of town. At Kilometer 11 (Boyeco), turn right to Conoco Chico. After 8 kilometers (.8 miles), turn left onto the Chol Chol-Renaco Pastales road for 350.

Travel Tips: Getting there by bus—From Balmaceda and Zenteno, take the Panco bus to the Renaco Pastales-Chol Chol crossroads, then walk the rest of the 650 meters (noon and 4 p.m., return 1:15 p.m. and 5 p.m., $3).

Price Description: $4; $5 with lunch; $10 per person for groups (minimum 10, with storytelling, dance and lunch). $20 per person for room and board. Horseriding $5 per hour.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

Browse the various art galleries, the Museo Regional de la AraucanĂ­a and the Museo Nacional Ferroviario Pablo Neruda; hike through Monumento Nacional Cerro Ă‘ielol; hop the Tren de la AraucanĂ­a steam train.

Currencies accepted
Chilean Peso

Contact Information:
Phone: 9-995-0122 / 8-578-6837 (cellular)
E-mail: millaruka(at)

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