Tiltil and Caleu Cities

Tiltil in the central area of Chile

Tiltil in the central area of Chile

The stroll from Santiago towards Tiltil and Caleu is a route by an isolated road that goes between beautiful landscapes, old train stations and sites of cultural value as for example the place where the national independence hero, Manuel Rodriguez was killed. The road ends in a charming town on the side of the mountain range of the Coast. It is a circuit of 91,34 miles of roundtrip.

Leave Santiago by the Pan-American North Highway In 13,67 miles turn to the left to Lampa. In km 26 will arrive at the Colina Station, a small town that was born by the passage of the railroad and had a great economic past. Today the town has an decadent look. Take the paved road to the west that goes by extensive green, without great trees. In km 33 it is Lampa placed between gorges and fertile lands.

From Polpaico take the road to Tiltil, advancing by a semi-arid landscape with plantations of tunas, next to the train line . In km 54 it is the monument to Manuel Rodriguez, in the exact place where he died, in 1818; there are sites, ideals for a walk, to rest or to lunch. 2,49 miles ahead is Tiltil. Born with the discovery of gold mines on its surroundings, this village is based in the foots of a hill. Its name comes from mapuche “thiti”, that means “many triles” or small bird. In 1712 already it had a regular population around a church and five “trapiches” for gold extraction from small stones.

With the end of the mineral, its population diminished considerably. Today, Tiltil is a colorful town, with a beautiful square. Its church, declared national monument, was constructed to beginnings of XVIII century, lodged the body of Manuel Rodriguez until its transfer to Santiago.

Tiltil in Chile

Tiltil in Chile

Leave Tiltil, in km 58 toward North by the debris road and ascend a small hill; from the top it will see the town in all its extension. The road goes by a narrow valley between the mountain range of the Coast. In km 66 that is water-drainage of Rungue Dam. Some yards behind it, leave to a road to the left, which will lead you to a hill with a beautiful Vista of the valley, to arrive in km 11 to Caleu, which means to change of condition, and is to an altitude of 3.937,01 ft. This old “town of Indians”, irregular layout and singular beauty, also lived a period on prosperity due to the gold mines. At the present time, the population of Caleu is dedicates to agricultural and timber tasks, like the extraction of compost and the harvesting of dihüeñes.

In order to return, go downhill and in the end turns left to village Rungue direction. There take the Pan-American Highway to Santiago.

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