What better way to explore the lush native forests and volcanic slopes of the region than on two wheels? Perfect for avid mountain bikers, &Beyond Vira Vira offers various half-day as well as full-day excursions through spectacular areas boasting breath-taking terrain. Explore the rugged landscapes of Villarrica National Park, traverse around the tranquil Villarrica Lake, and climb craggy craters at the foot of the Villarrica Volcano on your bike. Choose between easy going, non-technical off-road biking and smooth flowing single tracks or, for technically skilled riders, extreme downhill tracks. This area boasts trails to fit all levels and preferences.
After a short, scenic 4x4 drive from the lodge, arrive at Huepil Malal, a horse riding centre bordering the Cañi Natural Reserve. Here, you will meet an authentic Chilean huaso (cowboy). His horses are gems of national breeds with typical names like Merken, Calafate or Canela. You will be guided on a scenic tour through open prairies and forests. This excursion is for all abilities, from those who just wish to meander through the breath-taking beauty to advanced riders who wish to gallop across the sensational landscape. Your host, Rodolfo, was a former trainer of the Spanish Olympic horse riding team.
Embark on a thrilling heli-skiing adventure on virgin powder snow. Get your adrenalin pumping on remote snowy peaks, revel in off-piste exploits or opt for more flowing slopes for intermediate skiers.
Exciting adventures await with our snowboarding and skiing activities down the active Villarrica Volcano. A variety of slopes are on offer from beginners to more advanced ski runs. A spectacular environment of volcanic peaks and shimmering lakes, the flowing lava has created an incredible terrain of natural half pipes, cornices and wind lips.
Balance your chakras and enjoy yoga sessions that harmonise body, mind and spirit. Find your inner peace and enjoy the silence, nature and serenity the area has to offer. The yoga instructor will come from Pucon (10km / 6 miles away) and sessions will take place at the lodge. If a special request is made we will endeavour to assist you.
Explore the charming town of Curarrehue, nestled between towering mountains, and visit a Mapuche weaver to view her traditional skills and techniques as she works with the loom. Afterwards, continue up into the Andes to the Quillelhue Lagoon, located at the foot of Lanin Volcano. Here you will have the opportunity to see the majestic araucaria trees (known as monkey puzzle trees), followed by a lunch at a traditional Mapuche ruka (house). The Mapuche people consider Villarica Volcano or Ruka Pillán as the “House of the Spirit of the Ancestors”. Deeply connected with “mother earth” these enchanting people base their traditions around nature. During your visit to the “ruka” you will learn about their unique ways of life first hand.
One of our favourite excursions to offer guests on arrival at Vira Vira, is ‘floating’ down the Liucura River which runs past the hotel. With views of the snow-capped Villarrica Volcano and water so clear you can see the river bed, this is a great way of blowing away the cobwebs after a flight. We also have kayaking (Pucon and Villarrica are world-renowned for kayaking and white-water rafting), sailing and fishing or fly fishing. From paddling over a calm lake to racing the rapids, we have something for all levels and interests.
Pucon, in Chile’s Northern Patagonia, is home to the most incredible scenery - from volcanos to lakes and Monkey Puzzle reserves, we are surrounded by natural beauty. As well as enjoying being at one with nature on the ground, we have discovered the magic of a bird’s eye view. A 4-passenger helicopter is available to guests for scenic flights (and airport transfers). We have two 60-minute sightseeing flights, one which includes a fly-over the active Villarrica Volcano and the other takes you to pristine thermal springs.
Upon arrival at Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira, a feeling of wellbeing sets in. The air is fresh, the river is crystal clear, and nature thrives around us. Guests can relax and recuperate both indoors and outdoors: we have wood-fueled hot tubs dotted around the grounds, decking for yoga classes and a peaceful massage room for treatments.
When we say ‘farm to fork’ we really mean it – we have two plots of land, one where the hotel and hacienda are located and another where we grow crops and have beehives to make our own honey. For example, we harvest our own wheat and use the flour to make fresh bread for our guests. We also have a dairy on site (which guests can visit and do a tour of) where we make more than 10 types of cheese, as well as yogurt and butter. Where possible we use our own produce, and anything else we seek to source locally and seasonally.