At Palguín Bajo, east of Pucón, Kila Leufú is a working Mapuche farm that offers horseback-riding trips, the chance to participate (or not) in farm activities, a ruca for socializing, and accommodations, all at reasonable prices. Half-day horseback rides cost US$28 per person, while full-day rides cost US$37 per person.
Kila Leufú (tel. 099/7118064, www.kilaleufu.cl) is 23 kilometers east of Pucón on the Curarrehue road, just beyond the Cabedañe bridge and the Termas de Palguín turnoff. Camping costs US$6.50 per person with breakfast. Comfortable accommodations with shared bath cost US$12–13 per person with breakfast, while rooms with private bath cost US$16 per person.
Regular lunches and dinners (US$6.50 pp) include vegetarian options, while barbecues cost US$9 per person. For more details, contact Kila Leufú’s Margot Martínez, who speaks English, German, and French in addition to Spanish (while Margot is Chilean Mapuche, her husband is Austrian).
From Pucón, Curarrehue-bound Buses Jac services pass by Kila Leufú’s front door.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition