We run a family project managed by three brothers. It is a land of 3.200 h located in the Andes Mountains, near Nevados de Chillán, in the region of Ñuble. This land is blessed by nature and abundance: old native forest, wild fauna, rivers, ponds and waterfalls, creating a whole valley of pureness and disconnection from the world (and re connection with ourselves and nature). We hold a project of conservation, education and tourism, and we are in the beginning of this life project, which we started strongly 3 years ago.
The brothers are Matías, Lucas and Nico. Matías spend many years involved in marketing and publicity, as well in furniture making, having is own workshop where he designed and build furniture for different companies. After this, he decided to focus on la Jungla, starting to activate the place and working hardly and connected into this job. Lucas is an architect, with a lot of knowledge in Flora and conservation, as well as sports. Nico is also an architect, who has also been developing natural building projects in different parts of the world, working with an organization who holds intensive workshops of cob building. The three of us are very open, we enjoy travelling and sharing with different people and cultures, and we love nature, hiking, and protecting this place.
This place is unique, its a whole natural park for ourselves. We often have friends and volunteers helping out, as well as doing hikes, expeditions, and office works. Currently we are working with FAO (an organization from ONU) in a project for protecting the Huemul - an animal who is in a highly risk of extinction and that there are still some of them around this place. Also working with Conaf managing the forest in a sustainable way. Douring the summer we hold different activities to gather people: workshops, expeditions, and we open the park for tourism (camping). For new year we make a music festival called Festival Peumayen, where we gather friends and family, artists, live music, DJs and different activities such as sweat lodged (temazcal), acroyoga, open talks, and guided hikes. We really love to share this place with friends and like-minded people, always aiming to respect and protect this sacred place.
La Jungla is full of surprises, and we are here to protect this place and make it a space for people to come and experience the reconnection with nature. We want to develop this project through our life, and eventually have a space to host people, scientifics, artists, workshops, meetings, gatherings, tours, rock climbing, canopy, horseback riding, skiing, as well as educational programs with children and adults, among many other dreams.
For the past 3 years we have been very active, having a bussy summer of building and activities, reciving people who come to camp and visit the place and its many natural attractions, holding the festival, and being able to live in the place through all the seasons.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Here, you will get to spend a time in a natural park that is unique, and is a Nothofagus Forest, very special from the south of Chile. You will be able to discover this place and be in touch with nature.
Also, you will get to know many of our friends, and participate in the activities we hold. If you want to learn a new language, it will also be possible ;)
You could also learn about natural building, flora identification, wood working, and out-of-the-grid lifestyle.
We need help in many different aspects.
Usually, we stay in the lower part of the land: La Pajarera. This is a place where we have some mountain cabins, the common kitchen, toilets and our workshop. In this place, we are always mantaining it and some times building new structures. The help needed here is to keep the place organized and beautiful, adding arts and crafts, as well as repairing some buildings, sometimes with natural techniques. We always cook for everyone and eat together, sharing this task among all the volunteers.
Outside La Pajarera he need help in maintaining the trails, creating new ones, creating signs for the trails, and specially for the new year festival, preparing the site to hold this festival, which means preparing the stage, toilets, kitchen, ambientation, building up the teepees, among other activities.
We enjoy working outdoor, but sometimes we need to get into the office mood and work in our computers, so we need volunteers to be independent at this point. Having clear communication is the key.
Besides working hard, we often do hikes to get to the waterfalls and ponds, have a swim, do a picnic and chill.
We are always open to the skills volunteers have to offer, so if you have any suggestion, we would love to hear it :)
We have a small cabin that -when available- can be used by volunteers. Beside that, camping is most common. There are many cool spots to camp around La Pajarera, so if you like to have your privacy and be away from noise, it is possible always.
There is the Kitchen, where we prepare food and spend the time around.
And we have a cob building which are the toilets, with a warm shower :). If you like cold, there is a stream of water a couple of meters away where you can have a natural bath into nature.
For food, we usually have a schedule were we take turns to cook (and clean up). We all love cooking, so usually everyone wants to do it. We have a cob oven, so sometimes we have pizzas :)
Our diet is mainly vegetarian, but there is no problem if you eat meat, but we dont do it everyday.
La Jungla is located 1 and a half our away from Chillan (city). From Chillan, you can take a bus to Las Trancas, and jump off in Pellines: this place is 30 - 40 minutes away from La Jungla (dirt road).
We are located up in the mountain, so we are not everyday going into town. We can pick you either in Chillan or in Pellines, depending on the schedule we are holding.
In the time off, you can walk around the forest or we can together do some more specific hikes, and be able to see some beauties of this land. There is many things to do inside La Jungla, but if you want to go out, we can recommend you some places around, even some places near the ocean.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Notice that the road sometimes is hard, so 4x4 is best. Anyways, sometimes small cars or vans had reached!
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week