Curacautín

Curacautín is a small town in Araucanía, Southern Chile.

. . . Curacautín . . .

Buses from Temuco come in regularly (1½ hours) in the -38.43586-71.89341 bus terminal:

  • Bio Bio runs services via Victoria (9 times a day, 09:00-21:30) or via Lautaro (twice a day) from their office in the center of Temuco. CLP$3,500 one-way or CLP$6,300 return;
  • Curacautín Express runs minibuses every half-hour (06:30-21:00) or every hour on Sundays (07:30-21:00) from the Terminal de Buses Rurales in downtown Temuco. If you arrived in the Terminal Rodoviario by long-distance bus, exit the terminal by the main entrance, then turn left on Vincente Pérez Rosales and walk 300 m until you hit the Panamericana. Cross the street and you will see a bus stop in front of the shop named “Ruta 5”. This is the minibus stop in direction Curacautín. CLP$1,500 one-way.

The town is entirely walkable, otherwise taxis are available.

  • Go to Parque Nacional Conguillío. In winter, you can take a Captrén minibus from the bus terminal to the Guarderia Captrén (CLP$600, 45 min) or as far as the snow allows. From there you can do a magnificent hike with snowshoes to the Laguna Captrén, with views on the Volcán Llaima along the way. More options are available during summer as transportation can bring you deeper.
  • Several hot springs are reachable from Curacautín, ranging from rustic pools to full resorts, such as Cañón del Blanco, Termas de Malalcahuello, Termas de Tolhuaca, Termas de Manzanar.
  • Skiing is possible in the Corralco ski resort[formerly dead link] on the slopes of the Volcán Lonquimay.

. . . Curacautín . . .

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