Temuco is a beautiful and tourist-friendly city in the south of Chile where you’ll be able to get a taste of ecotourism and historical education in the same place. Temuco’s airport is La Araucanía International Airport, which is roughly 20 minutes away by car.
Temuco is a typical Chilean city and has a few marks of Spanish colonization still laying around, while other areas have been substantially redeveloped into uniquely Chilean zones. If you’re interested in seeing what regular Chileans live like, a trip to Temuco can give you a good idea.
Airlines That Fly To Temuco
You can fly to La Araucanía International Airport in Temuco via JetSmart, LATAM Chile, and Sky Airline, all of which use Santiago as their regional hub, which means that you’ll need to book a leg of your journey to Santiago first—be sure to set up our price alert tool so Skyscanner can give you a nudge when there’s a dip in prices for the ticket you need.
When To Book A Flight To Temuco
You’ll probably want to visit Temuco during its summer, which is from December to March. The summer in Temuca shouldn’t be significantly more expensive than other times of year to visit, and you’ll avoid the heavy precipitation of the wintertime, which peaks in June.
What To Expect When Arriving At La Araucanía International Airport
Though there are a couple of restaurants and shops at the airport, there’s no currency exchange and the airport is primarily intended for domestic traffic, so there aren’t robust immigration facilities either.
There are quite a few transportation options to get to Temuco and to get around in Temuco. A regional train system has a stop at the airport, but it may be a bit confusing to navigate if you don’t speak Spanish. There’s also an extensive bus and shared shuttle system, which while similarly confusing, are inexpensive.
If you plan to stay in Temuco for a while, renting a car may be a good choice as the cost of taxis adds up quickly, and many areas of Temuco don’t have reliable taxi service where you could hail one street side.
What To See And Do In Temuco
Booking a place to stay in Temuco can be difficult if you don’t speak Spanish, so be sure to visit Skyscanner’s hotels page for a little extra help. Aside from your accommodations, Temuco has a few places that are worthwhile for a tourist to visit.
The central market is a crowded and chaotic place where you can buy aboriginal craftworks for very cheap, and even cheaper if you haggle, which is expected. Once you’ve purchased some traditional crafts, you can travel a few blocks over to visit the fruit market, which is remarkably similar to the crafts market in terms of its colorful products and lively atmosphere.
If you’re interested in history, check out the Araucaria Museum which is nearby another notable site, the Menchaca Lira Campus of Art. These sites offer a taste of traditionally Chilean flair and chronicle the conflicts between the aboriginal peoples and the Spanish during the colonial era.