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The Maule region in Chile aims to be a benchmark for sustainable tourism

Heritage vineyards, local agriculture, culinary tradition and a beautiful landscape that mixes the green of the mountain with the strong bellow of the Pacific Ocean are some of the qualities that offer the Maule region, which aims to become a new benchmark for tourism in Chile.

Cauquenes, Chile, Nov 25 (EFE) .- Heritage vineyards, local agriculture, culinary tradition and a beautiful landscape that mixes the green of the mountain with the strong roar of the Pacific Ocean are some of the qualities offered by the Maule region, which aspires to become a new benchmark for tourism in Chile.

Located three hours by car south of Santiago, the constituency formed by municipalities such as Cauquenes, Constitución or Vichuquén, is committed to creating a model of tourism that is close, sustainable and culturally rich, which highlights the value of an area that stands out for its authenticity.

Wine is one of the great exponents of the region, since it concentrates the largest wine production in Chile, and where strains stand out considered patrimonial -for being older than 150 years- as the "Country" or "Carignan", which are usually obtained through an artisanal process.

Vicente Loyola, one of The many farmers and local entrepreneurs, explains that the strain Country, in particular, has a special value for them, since it has been cultivated for many generations. light, fresh and fruity flavor get prizes in competitions throughout the country.

However, as the saying of the area indicates, "to drink well you have to eat well", something that inhabitants of the Maule region have very internalized.

Therefore, in addition to the "grape juice", there are also plenty of bars and restaurants, both large and small, usually family, in which the traditional cuisine has created endless recipes to take advantage of local products, mainly hake, pippin, lamb or the always necessary ceviche.

In this sense, as the director of the National Tourism Service of the region, Carolina Reyes, recalls, Maule's tourism commitment is to "offer quality services, sustainable and local ", that serve to create a unique product, imbued with traditional values ​​and a strong sense of community.

It is a risky bet, but the inhabitants del Maule have previously shown how to fight and assert themselves.

In 2010, a strong earthquake of four minutes and magnitude 8.8 caused a tsunami that devastated much of the coast of the region, a catastrophe to which are added the forest fires of last January, which punished with unprecedented violence its green mountains.

In spite of this, its inhabitants receive the visitor, both foreign and national, with a smile, open arms and hundreds of recommendations of places to visit, as well as some anecdote or encouraging message about what occurred with natural disasters.

An example of this are the boatmen from the city of Concepción, who sail the waters of the Maule River bordering small islands like Orrego, where about 36 people lost their lives during the tsunami.

The green slopes that the landscape draws around the river meander with their catamarans, places where they sailed the work of extinction of the fire that devastated the region, risking their lives to protect the land that saw them grow.

Now, they have abandoned fishing and share those walks with the tourists, to those who offer the possibility of crossing the Maule River, a magical place full of history, since it was for a long time the natural border between the Inca Empire and the town mapuche.

To all this we must add a wide range of activities in the area, which can happen to enjoy a few days in front of the sea in Lipimávida, make bird sightings with local guides at the mouth of the Mataquito River or let yourself be impregnated by the mysticism around Lake Vichuquén, a zone of sorcerers and spells.

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