Chile (IFMSA-Chile) - Temuco
LC GENERAL INFORMATION
460824
1200
All of them
January, July, August
15 SCOPE STUDENTS
0 SCORE STUDENTS
Host family
Host Family
None
www.ifmsa.cl
LEOs
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OVERVIEW

Welcome to Temuco, in the heart of the Araucanía region!!

Temuco (from the mapuche Temu which is a tree and co which means water, literally Temu's water) is a city, capital of the Cautín Province and of the Araucanía Region in southern Chile. The city is located 670 kilometres (416 miles) south of Santiago at the heart of the modern Araucanía Region and historic Araucanía—the land of the Mapuche who resisted Spanish conquest. Temuco was founded by Chilean military in Mapuche territory 1881 during the occupation of Araucanía and grew quickly into one of Chile's main cities. Temuco grew as a consequence of the livestock, wheat and forestry boom that its surrounding countryside experienced between 1890 up to the 1940s. Nobel Poets Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda both lived in Temuco for some time. Temuco's central place in Araucanía with easy access to the Andean valleys and the coast makes it a hub for agricultural, livestock and forestry operations as well as communication and trade center for the numerous small towns of Araucanía.


UNIVERSITY AND HOSPITALS
Hospital Regional de Temuco

The Mayor University also receives students in Temuco but their clinical campus aren't within the city:

Hospital de Pitrufquen


Hospital de Victoria
RESEARCH PROJECTS AND LABS
None
BOARDING
Provided by a Host family.
LODGING
Provided by a Host family.
TRANSPORTATION

Traffic is frequently congested during working hours and parking on public streets in the downtown sector is difficult to find and is controlled with parking fees. Many streets are one-way, and marked with an arrow, if and when visible or installed. In residential areas people frequently park on either side of the street, regardless of traffic direction and in some areas vehicles may be seen parked either entirely or partially—with only one side of the vehicle—on the sidewalk or grass area. Traffic signals frequently use green arrows to control turns and right hand turns are not permitted when a red light is showing unless there is a specific sign authorizing such a turn. Drivers often disregard marked traffic lanes and many buses and collective taxis will stop virtually anywhere to take on or discharge passengers. Buses and collective taxis are the most popular massive transport. The bus fare is CLP$140 for students and $450 for adults; the colectivos charge $500 ($650 at night). Regular taxis and Uber are also available.

SOCIAL PROGRAM
  • Temuco city tour
  • International Dinner
  • Pucón Ski center (winter months)
  • Villarica
  • Mapuche culture in Nueva Imperial
  • Conguillio National Park

 

MUST SEE

See

  • Anibal Pinto Square. In the very center of the city it is its commercial point. In the middle you can find "La Araucana" monumentum, to honor the Mapuche people.
  • Regional Museum
  • Pablo Neruda National Railway Museum.

Do

  • Nieñol hill. You can see chilean native forest and the cold jungle. There's also a mapuche monument on the top.

Buy

  • Mall Portal Temuco
  • Mall Mirage

Eat

Most of the nice places are in Alemania Avenue, one of the main streets of Temuco:
  • Boca de Lobos - Pub.
  • Punto G - Pub.
  • 4ebrios - Bar frequented by university students.
  • Farolito - Bar frequented by university students.
  • Patiperro - Bar frequented by university students.
  • Barbudos - Bar frequented by university students.
  • Gohan - Japanese restaurant with great sushi in a relaxed and modern ambient.
  • Madonna's - Italian restaurant.
  • Jack's - American-style burguers with a nice a relaxed ambient.

 

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