Its origin is historically linked to port industry, due to its privileged geography that combines rivers, sea and the popular Budi lake. In addition to the above, you can find a great cultural enviroment, highlighting its gastronomy, crafts and Mapuche Lafkenche´s culture.
The commune of Saavedra is located in the west side of La Araucanía Region, 89 kilometers from Temuco, in the Province of Cautín. Its population comprehends 14,034 inhabitants approximately (Census 2017) and more than 80% of them live in rural areas, mostly Mapuche descent. It surface is 400.8 km2 of extension. It is bordered to the northeast by the commune of Carahue; to the south, with the commune of Theodore Schmidt; and to the west with the Pacific Ocean and has two populated centers: Puerto Saavedra and Puerto Domínguez.The history of the city is linked to Puerto Saavedra´s origin and its was named firstly as Misiones, then Bajo Imperial and finally as Puerto Saavedra in honor of its founder, Cornelio Saavedra. The hamlet formation began in 1852 and the first mission was established in 1859. Its was founded on December 5th, 1895. Its privileged geography combines rivers, sea and lake and great cultural asset, thanks to the high number of Mapuche population that inhabits its lands, the city comprehends a wide variety of alternatives in the tourist field. The locals are particularly engaged in artisanal fishing in the wide coast of the city and the extracted quantities are used for family consumption and for smaller scale´s sales. Lake Budi is the most characteristic geographical element of this city, located 5km south of Puerto Saavedra.