Visiting the Ruca Mapuche in Villa Alemana

If you want to learn more about Chile’s history and traditional culture, you should visit the “Ruca Mapuche“ in Villa Alemana. The Mapuche are a group of indigienous inhabitants of Chile, who speak their own language, Mapudungun, and have a very distinct and unique culture.

Eye on Viña asked Mapuche Orietta Curihuentro Catalán about their beliefs, their food, their clothes, their life in an urban city, and their problems in modern Chilean society.

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Viña Del Mar’s Botanical Garden Oasis

Only a few miles outside of Viña del Mar lays a little oasis: the Parque Jardín Botánico Nacional de Viña del Mar­ or The Botanical Garden. For more than 90 years it has been a place to play, relax, and party for the students, workers and families of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso.

On almost 400 acres, the botanical garden offers a great variety of possibilities to escape from the stress of a everyday life. The leisure facilities include a number of pedestrian walkways, BBQ areas, open meadows to play soccer, an artificial lagoon, and a climbing and zip-lining complex in the middle of the woods.

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