Aside from its extraordinary natural spectacles, Chile boasts a rich and unique culture that reflects its indigenous past, colonisation, and subsequent European immigration. The country is working hard to preserve its indigenous heritage and seeking out ways to learn about them will only enrich a trip. From the Mapuche in the south and Rapa Nui on Easter Island, there are a dozen distinct cultures to explore.
Chile’s forested south is the best place to learn about the Mapuche, Chile’s largest indigenous group. For an insight into their deep-rooted connection to the land, join a Mapuche-led trek through the area’s national parks, where you can hear Mapudungún spoken and visit local farms. A wonderful way to learn about Mapuche traditions is through the food – Mapuche chef Anita Epulef hosts cooking classes in the town of Curarrehue using traditional Mapuche techniques and ingredients.
Easter Island or Hanga Roa, the remotest inhabited island on earth, is home to the Rapa Nui, the native Polynesian inhabitants. The island may be isolated but it’s rich in culture. Immerse yourself by joining tours led by a Rapa Nui guide to learn about the local lifestyle, including how to catch and cook fish in the traditional way and music and dance rituals.
Join treks around archaeological sites to hear local mythology, take part in body painting rituals or spend the night in a cave as the guide shares ancestral stories and cooks traditional food on a fire.
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