Culture, history and environment
Lemu Lodge Caburgua is located near by the lake that has the same name. The lake 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. And to the West side you will find 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 will see the majestic condor flying or spot an culpeo fox, a pudú deer or traces of a puma. The lakes and Lagoons are home to fish, crustaceans and mollusks of interest, meanwhile, outside the undesirable consequences of their their proliferation and impact on the local ecosystem, wild boars and European red deer have made their appearance.
The lagoon of the mirror, that you will find in the Nothern part of the lake, is a remarkable ornithological site. Native and migratory birds are 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 promoted but the Binational Integrated Circuit.
Near by Caburgua is also the sector “La Puntilla”, a place where two rivers meet, and has a special place for camping. You can also visit a Mapuche settlement called Kui-Kui, where you can learn more about this ethnic group.
The Caburgua lake has been chosen as a holiday place for many public figures such as the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, y the former President Sebastian Pinera, among others.
The Biological Corridor Namoncahue
The 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 1 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.
Exists in the town a living museum, the Intercultural Trawupeyüm Village, where you can learn about the origins. Next to the museum you can taste the Mapuche cuisine and shop for local crafts.