Then we got past the venue where the local market known as Kui Kui is open from January to March. It offers cuisine, handicrafts, traditional songs and music of the Mapuche culture within an open air space.
We went along an inner gravel road up to Río Plata, where we visited a private business in the area dwelled by the group called Manuel Huaiquivil. As part of the Mapuche tourist road, the Esparza H-Colipi family welcomes visitors at their home and offers them the chance to stay there and experience their lifestyle. The family put up two rucas boasting original characteristics and rents them as bedrooms for regular visitors. Made of native straw, local wood (hualle or roble pellín, maqui and willow), they do not have any inner divisions and look very similar to those shared by the entire family group. The temperature inside remains fresh in the summer and pleasant in the winter.
Guests may enjoy the customs of the hosts, whether during some celebration by the rehue, a tree log from the area considered as sacred, or else sitting by the fire after dinner. This is the moment when life stories and traditional dishes appear and the essence of nature is discovered in order to love and protect it.
Many people, especially foreigners, come to these rucas because they wish to learn about this ancient wisdom. They go on outings organized by the hosts or play palín with the young ones in the community. The game takes place on a field of grass or dust, with sticks made from tree branches and a ball made of wood or plastic, with rules similar to present day hockey.
Those who choose to go on this tour by bike should know in advance that there are steep slopes and different altitudes. All visitors will understand the different vision of the world these people have.
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