Culture, history and environment
Lemu Lodge Caburgua is located near by the Lake Caburgua. The lake was named after the mapudungun “Kafuerwe”. The main economic activity of the area is tourism which flourishes mainly during the summer season (December till February).
Three beautiful protected areas frame the Lake Caburgua. To the East side you find the Huerquehue National Park and Hualalafquen National Reserve, crowned by the Nevados de Sollipulli. On the West side there’s the Villarica National Reserve. In the Huerquehue National Part, near the Lake Tinquilco, about 40 minutes away, you will find lakes and lagoons of crystal clear water among Araucaria forests. From there you can see the Pucón River Valley and the Villarrica volcano. And, if you’re lucky, you might spot a majestic condor flying or an culpeo fox, a pudú deer or traces of a puma. The lakes and lagoons are home to many kinds of fish, crustaceans and mollusks. Outside the undesirable consequences of their proliferation and impact on the local ecosystem, wild boars and European red deer have made their appearance, too.
The “lagoon of the mirror”, that is located in the Nothern part of the lake, is a remarkable ornithological site. Native and migratory birds can be spotted. Together, all these ecological niches preserve a natural diversity among which there are many species already in danger of extinction.
Besides the beauty of the lake, there is a close connectivity with Argentina, which has increased and promoted the Binational Integrated Circuit.
Nearby Caburgua there is also the sector of “La Puntilla”, a place where two rivers meet. It has a special place for camping. You can also visit a Mapuche settlement called Kui-Kui, where you can learn more about the ethnic group and its traditions.
The Caburgua lake has been chosen as a holiday place for many public figures such as the President of Chile, among others.
The Biological Corridor Namoncahue
Lemu Lodge is located at the entry point of the conservation area Namoncahue Biological Corridor (30,000 hectares), which is inserted into the Araucarias Biosphere Reserve, IX Region, Chile, one of the world’s 25 hot spots for conservation according to the WWF. This conservation initiative is a public-private partnership created to provide incentives for sustainable economic activities within the Biosphere Reserve, which has managed to articulate lands from Parks Corporation Chile, Rainforest Concern, CONAF and private owners, being a pioneer project in Chile for conservation.
Curarrehue town and the Mapuche village
Just one hour from the Lodge, approx. 55 km along Route 199, you will find the village of Curarrehue, communal capital located 40 km from the border with Argentina by Paso Manuil Malal. Their community is mainly Mapuche and the main economic activities are livestock and timber industry. Incipiently it begins to show tourist attractions, which include lakes, rivers and volcanoes in a natural environment away from human civilization.
There’s a museum in town, the Intercultural Trawupeyüm Village, where you can learn about the origins of the area. Next to the museum you can taste the Mapuche cuisine and shop for local crafts.