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Birding, biking, hiking and horse riding – Pucon is made for outdoor-lovers. Among the several nearby National Parks is Villarrica National Park, founded in 1912 and known for its majestic Monkey Puzzle trees (araucarias). Enjoying the pristine flora and fauna, we take guests on half-day or full-day hikes. Other highlights include mountain biking down a volcano, and riding with the former trainer of the Spanish Olympic horseriding team, Rodolfo Coombs, who has beautiful horses, and pristine land with incredible views.
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. Days are spent in the elements hiking, biking and horseriding (among other activities) so the whole experience brings about a feeling of good health… and an excuse for a massage at the end of the day!
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.