The Araucania

A region in the south of Chile

Hi everybody, today I want to show you a beautiful place in the south of Chile, this is the land where my parents was born and where I lived a lot of years, The Araucania. It's name derive from the "Araucanos" or "Mapuches", they are the indigenous from this place, and this name in their language (Mapudungun) means "people of the land". In this región there are: volcanoes, mountains, thousand-year-old woods, lakes, rivers and a vast sea.

The Coast

The coast is recognized by beautiful landscapes, handcraft and delicious food. This coast was devastated in 1960 by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in the world history, with a magnitude of 9.5.

Range of Mountains

The Andes mountains in this region has a lot of astonishing trees, in those it is possible to find the "araucaria", a kind of pine with a delicious seed, base of the Mapuche meal, the "piñon". The presence of volcanoes generate amazing natural hot springs that include mineral salts with healing properties.

People

This region shown the influence of Spanish culture (the conquerors) and Mapuches, both of them linked to the agriculture. People here are humble, kind, hard-working and generous.

Finally, I have the pleasure to present a picture of my parents in their typical dress. This is the definition that Wikipedia has about their dresses:

"A huaso (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwaso]) is a Chilean countryman and skilled horseman, similar to the Americancowboy or Mexicancharro, the gaucho of Argentina, Uruguay and Rio Grande Do Sul and the Australianstockman. A female huaso is called a huasa, although the term china is far more commonly used for his wife or sweetheart, whose dress can be seen in cueca dancing."

"Huasos are an important part of Chilean folkloric culture and are a vital part of parades, fiestas, and holidays. The dancing of the cueca in which the coy china is courted by the persistent huaso, both traditionally attired, is de rigueur on such occasions."