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&Beyond Vira Vira is a luxury adventure lodge that offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Chile’s Lake District. Whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, culture or cuisine, you will find it here. You will stay in a cozy and elegant room with stunning views of the river or the volcano. You will enjoy delicious and fresh food from the lodge’s own organic farm or from local producers. You will choose from a range of tailor-made activities, from hiking and skiing to rafting and horseback riding, all guided by expert local staff. You will also learn about the culture and traditions of the Mapuche people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of the region. You will also support the lodge’s sustainability and conservation efforts, which follow the &Beyond philosophy of Care of the Land, Wildlife & People. The lodge is located on a 23-hectare nature reserve in the Araucanía region of Chile’s Lake District, surrounded by rolling hills, forests, rivers and lakes. The lodge overlooks the Liucura River and faces the Villarrica Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in South America. The lodge is also close to the town of Pucón, which is a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature lovers. The lodge has a rustic-chic design that blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The main building is a modern interpretation of a traditional Mapuche house, with a thatched roof and wooden beams. The interiors are cozy and elegant, with fireplaces, leather sofas, wool rugs and local artworks. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with large windows, wooden floors, king-size beds and private terraces. The bathrooms are luxurious, with bathtubs, rain showers and organic toiletries.
Need to know
- The lodge is part of the &Beyond group, which is known for its high standards of service, sustainability and conservation
- The lodge offers a range of tailor-made activities, from hiking and skiing to rafting and horseback riding, all guided by expert local staff
- The lodge has its own cheese factory, where you can learn how to make cheese from fresh milk produced by the farm’s cows
- The lodge has a helipad, which allows you to access remote and spectacular locations by helicopter, such as hot springs, glaciers and volcanoes
- The lodge has a spa, where you can relax and rejuvenate with treatments using natural products from the farm and the region
The lodge is committed to sustainability and conservation, following the &Beyond philosophy of Care of the Land, Wildlife & People. The lodge uses renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and hydroelectric power. The lodge also recycles water and waste, composts organic matter and grows its own vegetables and herbs. The lodge supports local communities and projects, such as schools, health centers and cultural initiatives. The lodge also educates guests about the local environment and culture, and encourages them to participate in conservation activities.
The lodge has a positive impact on the local community and empowers them to preserve their heritage and livelihoods. The lodge employs local staff and provides them with training and development opportunities. The lodge also sources most of its products and services from local suppliers and artisans. The lodge respects and celebrates the culture and traditions of the Mapuche people, who are the indigenous inhabitants of the region. The lodge invites guests to learn about their history, language, crafts and cuisine, and to interact with them in an authentic and respectful way.
The lodge has 21 rooms in total, divided into three categories: suites, villas and hacienda rooms. All rooms have stunning views of the river or the volcano.
Food and drink
The food at &Beyond Vira Vira is fresh, delicious and varied. The menu changes daily according to the season and availability of ingredients. Most of the ingredients come from the lodge’s own organic farm or from local producers. The cuisine is inspired by Chilean and international flavors, with an emphasis on quality and creativity.
Things to do
Hiking: There are many trails to explore around the lodge or in the nearby national parks, ranging from easy to challenging. You can enjoy scenic views of the volcanoes, lakes, forests and wildlife.
Skiing: You can ski on the slopes of the Villarrica Volcano or on the glaciers of the Mocho-Choshuenco Volcano. You can also ski on fresh snow by taking a helicopter to remote locations.
Rafting: You can raft on the Liucura River or the Trancura River, experiencing different levels of rapids and adrenaline.
Horseback riding: You can ride on well-trained horses through the farm or along the riverbank. You can also visit a local Mapuche community or a nearby waterfall.
Fishing: You can fish on the Liucura River or on one of the many lakes in the region. You can catch trout or salmon and enjoy a picnic lunch by the water.
Yoga: You can practice yoga in the yoga room or on the terrace. You can also join a yoga retreat or a yoga hike.
Other activities: You can also enjoy other activities such as biking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, zip-lining, hot air ballooning, birdwatching, stargazing, cooking classes, cheese making, wine tasting and more.
The lodge is situated in the Lake District of Chile, a region of stunning natural beauty and diversity. The region is home to dozens of lakes, rivers, waterfalls, forests, mountains and volcanoes. The region is also rich in culture and history, with a strong presence of the Mapuche people and their ancestral traditions. The region offers a variety of attractions and activities for all tastes and interests, such as:
Visiting the Villarrica National Park, which covers an area of 63,000 hectares and includes the Villarrica Volcano, the Quetrupillán Volcano and the Lanín Volcano
Exploring the Huerquehue National Park, which features ancient araucaria trees, lagoons, waterfalls and wildlife
Discovering the Conguillío National Park, which is known for its lava fields, glaciers and the Llaima Volcano
Experiencing the culture and cuisine of Pucón, a charming town that offers a range of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife
Learning about the history and heritage of the Mapuche people at the Museo Mapuche de Cañete or the Ruka Lelbun community
The lodge is family-friendly and welcomes children over 12. The lodge provides:
A kids’ menu with healthy and tasty options
A babysitting service upon request
Family-friendly rooms with extra beds or cots
Family-friendly activities such as treasure hunts, farm tours, animal feeding, arts and crafts
The lodge is located about 15 km from Pucón and about 120 km from Temuco. The nearest airport is Temuco Airport (ZCO), which has domestic flights from Santiago and other cities. The lodge can arrange transfers from/to the airport by car or by helicopter. Alternatively, you can rent a car at the airport or in Pucón and drive to the lodge.
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Employs local people
- Promotes local businesses
- Funds projects
- Preservation of cultural heritage
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