Mocha Island, Tirua

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Mocha is a small Chilean island located west of the coast of Arauco Province in the Pacific Ocean. The island is approximately 48km2 in area, with a small chain of mountains running roughly in north-south direction. In Mapuche mythology, the souls of dead people travel west to visit this island. The island today is home to the Mocha Island National Reserve, a nature reserve that covers approximately 45% of the island's surface. The island is noted as the location of numerous historic shipwrecks. The waters off the island are a popular place for recreational sea fishing.Geologically the island is a basement high and it does also contains strata of Ranquil Formation whose main outcrops lie in the continent.HistoryThe island was historically inhabited by an indigenous coastal population of Mapuches known as the Lafkenches. It was discovered by Juan Bautista Pastene September 10, 1544, and named Isla de San Nicolas de Tolentino.According to Juan Ignacio Molina, the Dutch captain Joris van Spilbergen observed the use of chilihueques (a South American camelid) by native Mapuches of Mocha Island as plough animals in 1614.
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  • A magical place, we traveled with a group of 8 people, national and European, all of us were annoyed, a beautiful destination worth visiting, highly recommended with a fair and necessary offer.
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  • The best vacation I've ever lived! Everything that involves feeling adventurous and giving everything to make the experience the best. When I say the island is magical, it's real. From the beginning, take off from the mainland in a small plane avoiding turbulence thanks to the pilot's experience; And then when you get to see it in all your splendor before landing. Its national reserve houses native birds of the island and several that go by pass, that Musicalizan your trekking with the best playlist you have ever imagined. To travel all its trails full of trees preserved in perfection is appreciated. Touring the island by bike is a challenge because you have to be aware that part of the tour is only sand and the bike is not suitable for that type of soil. The phenomenon of fire in the sea is another attraction that you love, you have to go with locals from the island who know to look for the fumes of methane in the sea and in the sand. A real show to spend the days on the island, you can camp and certainly where they have good space for your tent and good bathrooms, showers and dining is at the camping Tia Peta. Located just steps from the airfield.
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  • I don't know the island but it's my dream..... by photography looks beautiful from there should be another they say out there with guitar is something else.... same guests to those who read these words to meet my friends and general public after we think...
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  • Isla Mocha was a beautiful experience, we traveled celebrating the wedding anniversary and found a true paradise. It offers sea and forests, hidden lagoons etc something not frequent. Its very warm and very quiet people. The scenery is amazing, really unforgettable.
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