Temuco is a model city in Southern Chile and the antechamber to the Lake District. This is an invitation to see its booming and modern urban center.Watched by Mounts Ñielol and Conun Huenu, the City of Temuco grows fast. In the last few years, it has turned into the center of services in Southern Chile and an almost mandatory stop on the road to the Lake District. But this present development is based on a past rich in history and culture reflected in its urban center.
The main avenues and commercial streets reach the square, which is surrounded by traditional city buildings such as the mayor’s building, the town hall and the cathedral. This church displays a beautiful inner aisle and a modern outdoor design that harmonizes with the urban architecture made up by the large shopping malls, and nearby cafés and coffee shops.
The Municipal Theater lies on Pablo Neruda Avenue and it is one of the most prestigious cultural centers in the country. It has a modern infrastructure and 1,200 seats and it presents local, national and international shows such as plays, classic ballet, contemporary dance, opera, jazz and piano concerts, to name a few artistic expressions.
Leaving the city along Mackena Street towards the Cautín River, after crossing the old road bridge and bordering the river, a place called Padre Las Casas is reached. In its origins, this small village used to lodge the Capuchin missions that settled down in the area and at present it congregates the Mapuche communities that live on handicrafts and agriculture.
After this short tour, we confirmed the movement of Temuco, a city that grows steadily as a result of the work of its citizens and its commercial development.