From the Araucanía region, it is a commune and city located in the Malleco province, founded in 1867 as a military fortress. It was protected then by trenches and wooden stakes, supported by a series of bridges which were installed over the Malleco river and its streams.
Mainly focused in the forestry industry, today the agricultural and horticultural industries also stand out. Here, it rains most of the time throughout the year, rainfall can be observed even during the driest summer months. Its average temperature is 10.3 ºC (50.54 °F).