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View of Punucapa's church
View of Punucapa's church
Region Los Ríos
Province Valdivia
Municipalidad Valdivia
Comuna Valdivia
 • Type Municipalidad
 • Alcalde Bernardo Berger
Population (2002 census[1])
 • Total 75
Time zone Chilean Standard (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) Chilean Daylight (UTC-3)
Area code(s) Country + town = 56 + 63

Punucapa (from Mapudungun Cunucapi, black/fertile earth for legumes) is a hamlet (Spanish: caserío) of pre-Hispanic origin in Los Ríos Region, Chile. Its isolated location by the Cruces River and the Valdivian Coastal Range has made the village an ecotourism attraction. The wetlands of the river is the home to thousands of birds; the black-necked swan is the most emblematic. Punucapa is inhabited by 75 people according to INE's 2002 census.

Apart from ecotourism, Punucapa is also known for its old tradition of chicha beverage that started with the first appletrees introduced by the Spanish. There is also a brewery run by the Chilean actor Andrés Waas. Close to the hamlet lives the Spanish writer Pablo Gonz.


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Coordinates: 39°43′S 73°18′W / 39.717°S 73.300°W / -39.717; -73.300