Transition Rukapillan

Linking and strengthening of sustainable initiatives in an area that is a world renowned touristic destination surrounded by a rich indigenous cultural heritage.

LOCATION: Kurarrewe, Panguipulli, VIllarrica and Pucón (Chile)
GOVERNANCE: Not well defined


Here we have a world renowned touristic area that is also the homeland of a strong and united indigenous people with their own worldview and in a process of empowerment. Furthermore, in this area we have a great immigration of permaculturalists with their initiatives.

The vision is to unite the great sustainable initiatives in a patagonian area of great importance.

The four municipalities have people linked to the transition movement. Pucon  has generated a process that produced a book and a Facebook page with the participation of thousands. In Villarrica there are constant calls to clean up the rivers and lakes. In Panguipulli there is a widespread support for mapuche indigenous communities. Kurarrewe is also a local hub that is connected to world networks.

Many classes and workshops have been carried out in Pucon. One of them with Juan del Río and Raúl Vélez, of the inner transition, with observers of C.A.S.A. South movement.

There is a direct connection to the transition movement through Simón, Marco and Víctor who belong to the national node of transition. Simon is also a spokesperson for the national transition movement in CASA LATINA.

A special feature of this area, for those of us who live in South America, is the  convergence of locals and indigenous people, as well as national and international visitors, attracting possibilities and innovations. The indigenous process is particularly important in choosing this area. The main objective is to permanently support a process of convergence to strengthen our unity.


DOMAINS: Food and agriculture, renewable energies, energy efficiency, land structure, urbanism and housing, transportation, education, awareness of the environment, sustainability, climate change, healthy living, etc., Health, care, arts and culture, democracy and participatory planning, economy, waste management, water management, community work, sistemic change (not focused on specific projects), Aboriginal culture assessment.



MiT noteConnecting transition initiatives and municipalities. No need for phase 2 (no specific tool/framework identified for collaborating with the municipality; design stage). Suitable for pilot (in order to strengthen the collaboration with the municipality; good prospects for continuity).


Marco Ossandón