The Toltén commune is located approximately 100 km south-western from Temuco, it covers a total surface of 860.4 km2. Its capital is the town known us Nueva Toltén.
Toltén means “Trol tren” in mapudungun, onomatopoeia that has no roots of its own, but recalls the sounds made by the ocean waves as they hit. Its communal capital is Nueva Toltén, built in its current position after the tsunami that destroyed the old city in 1960.