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The Inulpamahuida is a cryptid from Mapuche folklore, inhabiting the dense, dark forests of Patagonia. Its name, derived from the Mapudungun language, translates to "mountain climber," reflecting its ability to scale steep hillsides with its clawed branches. Unlike conventional trees, the Inulpamahuida lacks roots, enabling it to move about freely within the forest.

Physical Description

The Inulpamahuida is described as a surreal and almost sci-fi creature, resembling a monstrous tree with claw-like branches. Its appearance is reminiscent of a walking killer tree stump, predating similar concepts portrayed in modern media. The creature's lack of roots adds to its mystique, allowing it to roam the Patagonian mountains with ease.



According to Mapuche mythology, the Inulpamahuida is feared by natives who avoid venturing into the dark Andean forests where it resides. These forests are believed to be inhabited by various malevolent entities, including the Inulpamahuida and the evil Gualicho spirit. The creature's presence instills a sense of dread and foreboding among those who dare to enter its domain.[1]

Cultural Significance

Walking Palm

Socratea exorrhiza, Walking Palm Tree

The fear of the forests and the creatures within them has been deeply ingrained in the folklore of the Patagonian natives. Explorers and settlers have documented the reluctance of indigenous peoples to enter the forested areas, attributing it to superstitions surrounding monsters and adverse genies. The legend of the Inulpamahuida serves as a cautionary tale, warning against the dangers lurking in the depths of the Patagonian wilderness.


Although no documented encounters with the Inulpamahuida exist, the tales of its existence have persisted through generations of Mapuche folklore. Explorers and travelers have observed the natives' aversion to the forested regions, further perpetuating the myth of the elusive and terrifying creature.[2]