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Cultural 
Attractions

Discover all the culture of southern Chile.
A detailed list can be found below.

Churches

Parroquia Sagrada Familia

This wooden church, constructed by the priest Antonio Van Kessel and the community, is mainly made of larch tiles and it is located in front of the square of Horonopirén. This church, built on December 24, 1991, remains in perfect condition and it's a source of pride for the inhabitants of Hornopirén.
Inside, there are paintings of the Stations of the Cross that adorn the walls of the church. These paintings are an authorized copy of the
ones painted by Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Nobel Prize winner in 1980) and they were brought to the community by Father Van Kessel in 1992. These paintings were painted on the occasion of a campaign to help Latin America carried out by 
MISEREOR, a German Catholic Church institution, to commemorate the 500 years of the discovery of America

Lleguimán

The Church of Lleguimán, establishment of worship and prayer, is located on the coastal route of the commune. Its construction recreates a design of the buildings of settlers with influence from Chiloé, based on native wood taken from the area in which the buildings are located.

San Nicolás de Tolentino

The San Nicolás de Tolentino Church, located in the village of La Poza, was built between 1880 and 1890 by residents of the commune. This church was declared National Monument in 2017 in the Historic Monument category.
This church possesses a clear stamp from Chiloé. Its location is related to the visual connection to and from the sea and it is used as a reference point.
Native wood was used in its construction, in which the exterior cladding, covered by larch tiles of the same area, stands out.
The San Nicolás de Tolentino Church maintains its ceremonial religious use and it is owned by the Archbishopric of Puerto Montt. It houses six religious images,  two of which are typical of the  School fom Chiloé. The other four correspond to plaster imagery and the most important one is that of San Nicolás de Tolentino.

San José Carpintero

It is a wooden church located at the mouth of the Vodudahue river, designed by architect Edward Rojas (National Architecture Award in 2016). The church 
was inaugurated on Sunday March 18, 2018. The construction recreates the technique of the School of churches from Chiloé, with a wooden structure of meccano type, assemblies and plugs, and incorporates technology of the 21st century. This initiative, part of a conservation project, was developed by Alerce 3000 Foundation which bought the Vodudahue estate from Douglas Tompkins with the objective of continuing the path of conservation and sustainable development - promoted by the already deceased environmentalist  - but open to the community.

Craftwork


Wood crafts

Since the beginning of the 20th century, a few humble families, of diverse ethnic origin, began small extractive and productive efforts around the logging of native forests, mainly focused on the larch tree. This tree was the basis of their economic and social development which generated a culture of life around it. So, this wood became the main building element of their homes, tools, utensils, etc. Also, the tradition in basketry and natural wool gives life to handmade figures and fabrics made with great dedication and love and delivering the identity of the place.

Riverside Carpenters

The riparian carpentry is a long tradition trade and a central component in the cultural identity of the commune of Hualaihué. The riverside carpenters of this area are custodians of an inherited knowledge, which connects deeply with nature, the wood, its transformation, resistance and buoyancy. This tradition has persisted over the years because the generations of carpenters  have learned, transmitted and transformed this knowledge through practice.
Masters like José Mautor, Artemio Soto and Carlos Roberto Vargas have appeared from this tradition. These three riverside carpenters from Hualaihué were recognized as Living Human Treasures by the National Council for Arts and Culture in 2014.
The construction of a boat requires some basic conditions. In addition to knowledge and materials, handicraft carpentry is practiced in facilities or workshops called shipyards, which are commonly established in places near the sea or with a good access to it.

Craftmen Plaza  Los Alerceros

The Craftmen Plaza is a square located in the center of Hornopirén with eight stands used by local artisans. Products from diferent origin such as honey, works in wool and in wood, fabrics or even salmon leather can be found here.
The work in larch especially stands out. Through the recycling of tiles the value of this tree so important in the economic and cultural development of the commune remains alive .

Gastronomy

Mercado Hornopirén


This market opened in 2009 and it is located in the center of Hornopirén. This establishment has restaurants, handicrafts, and during the weekends it is used by people from Hornopirén and its surroundings to sell their products. The place has the basic services to serve customers in adequate hygiene and safety conditions.

Artisanal Fishing

The sea has been an eternal provider in the coasts of the commune of Hualaihué and its waters have given sustenance to many families that have historically lived thanks to its resources. These families now offer boat trips and recreational fishing to the tourists that visit the zone.

Typical products

In this southern area, multiple flavors of Hualaihué are known such as homemade products, curanto, milcaos, chapaleles, fish, hake, mussels, casserole, paila marina, sweets, among other characteristic products of southern Chile.