&Beyond Vira Vira
At a Glance
An exclusive hacienda-style boutique property, on the banks of a fast-flowing river, surrounded by dense forest and watched over by the immense Villarrica Volcano
With such spectacular and diverse terrain surrounding the lodge, there are activities and experiences to suit all, and the expert guides will tailor them to your interests
And it’s not just active pursuits – guests are encouraged to learn first-hand about the unique cultural and culinary heritage of Chile’s resilient Mapuche people
Floor to ceiling windows bathe the spacious wooden interiors with plenty of natural light and furnishings are adorned with traditional textiles and colourful art
Gastronomical delights await – with a creative approach to farm-to-table cuisine – ingredients are sourced from its gardens and very own farm. There’s even an on-site cheese factory!
With over 200 Chilean wines and artisanal beer on offer, along with a resident mixologist, downtime is taken seriously, and where better to enjoy a drink than beside a firepit by the river or in your own hot tub?
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Pucón has a climate similar to the Mediterranean, with warm short summers, and colder humid winters. Summer (October to March) see's plenty of sunshine and moderate rainfall, and its the best time to travel for hiking and riding and water activities. Winter can get very cold but offers unusual activities such as snowshoeing and relaxation in the hot springs.
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&Beyond Vira Vira is an innovative concept - both a luxury hotel and a hacienda, it aims to provide wholesome outdoor experiences and fresh and delicious produce to guests, whilst also providing a fascinating insight into how a traditional farm operates.
&Beyond Vira Vira offers guests the chance to discover the unique beauty of the Pucón Valley in superior comfort and style. The hotel is perfectly located, close to a beautiful national park with natural lagoons, wild forest trails, winding rivers and stunning views of the Villarrica Volcano.
Created as a traditional hacienda, the rooms and suites are traditionally decorated with Chilean rugs and furnishings creating a warm and cosy atmosphere. Wooden-clad rooms and suites create the perfect accompaniment to the stunning natural surroundings on the banks of the Liucura River. We recommend the senior suites which have outdoor hot tubs, perfect for relaxing in with a glass of Chilean wine after a day of discovery and adventure.
Activities at Vira Vira are endless in either summer or winter; adventurers will relish the white-water rafting and kayaking down the rapids, while the more laid back can enjoy peaceful fly-fishing or drifting gently down the river in a little boat. There are also fantastic walking trails through the surrounding national parks with remarkable lookout points over. More recently the hotel has also added Heli Tours to its excursion offering, so guests can now be flown over the crater of the smoking volcano. In the winter months the area boasts skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and winter horse riding among its activities, all set out in front of a backdrop of Chile's snow-capped volcanoes for an utterly magical scene.
The hotel is made up of 20 rooms and suites which are traditionally decorated with Chilean rugs and whimsical local furnishings to create a cool and comforting bohemian vibe. The wood cladded rooms reflect the natural surroundings on the banks of the Liucura River to lend a true sense of belonging to the region. The Villa suites are a highlight, each complete with a terrace for unparalleled views of the Villarrica Volcano, ideal for unwinding with a glass of locally produced wine after a day of exploration. Wireless speakers and Nespresso coffee machines feature in all rooms, while villa suites have a complimentary minibar too.
&Beyond Vira Vira welcomes children over the age of 12.
The restaurant serves guest the freshest dishes, with produce coming directly from the hotel's farm. The chef creates a daily menu for guests including a vegetarian option, and if there is something in particular you would like, the chef is happy to prepare it for you! There is a large selection of Chilean wines on offer, and the bartender will mix your favourite drink the way you like it.
As a year round destination, there is always plenty to do in Pucón, from Riding, hiking and cycling, to white water rafting, kayaking, Sailing and fishing. During the winter you can do ski tours on the volcano, snowshoeing and winter horseback riding. It is the perfect place for adventure lovers. There's also a labyrinth of caves in the volcano to explore, and of course not forgetting the many thermal springs. For those with an interest in the local indigenous culture, there are markets selling Mapuche arts and crafts, textiles in particular. During the summer months you can attend a traditional Chilean Rodeo, where you can experience the great craftsmanship of the Chilean Huaso.
From October 2017, Vira Vira guests will have access to helicopter excursions over the nearby volcanoes and valleys, enjoying spectacularly scenic flights.
Camilla Greenwood (Staff)
Vira Vira is located in a beautiful spot in Chile's lake district right on the banks of the Liucura River nestled in between 2 National Parks. It is by far the most luxurious spot in the Lake district and a fantastic place to explore the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the fabulous Relais & Chateaux food and outstanding service. I would say in general the hotel has a fairly peaceful, calm atmosphere so it naturally feels more tailored to older families and couples. I really would recommend doing the Haciendo tour the day you arrive at Vira Vira. It gives you a lovely introduction into the property, a chance to explore their beautiful gardens and wander through their seriously impressive vegetable, herb and fruit garden. They have a wonderful farm to fork approach and its great to see just how much of their food is grown right in their garden. You'll also have a chance to visit the dairy where they produce all their cheese.
Birding at Vira Vira
Chile's Lake District is rife with opportunities to spot rare bird species! The region's national parks are well preserved & are home to many varieties such as the Giant Magellan Carpenter. Excursions are organized closely with the Birding Club of Pucon.
Farm Activities at Vira Vira
Get as involved as you like at Vira Vira's working farm! Learn about the harvesting process, breeding farm animals or cheese production in the authentic dairy. Learn about farm to table cuisine and see where all food served at the hotel comes from!
Fly Fishing & Fishing at Vira Vira
Chile's Lakes District is well known for its fishing and fly fishing, with the season running from November until the end of March. Wade into the shallow river to try your hand at fly fishing or drift along the river from the comfort of a fishing boat.
Horseback Riding at Vira Vira
Explore scenic mountain trails on hoseback in Villarrica National Park passing crystal clear lakes, araucaria forests and dramatic volcanic scenery along the way. A variety of routes are available to suit riders of all abilities.
Kayaking at Vira Vira
Take to the waters of Liucura River or Tinquilco Lake on your personal kayak. Connect with the serenity of nature as you paddle gently across a quiet lake, or head to the river for a faster pace experience leading to panoramic volcano views.
Lake District Scenic Helicopter Flight
Board a helicopter straight from Vira Vira to take in stunning scenery, dramatic snow-capped volcanoes and pristine glacial lakes of Chile's Lake District on an exclusive one hour flight.
Mountain Biking at Vira Vira
Chile's Villarrica National Park is a haven for biking enthusiasts of all abilities. Trails twist through mountainous scenery past volcanoes and through dense forest, rewarding you with sweeping views of beautiful landscapes.
Rafting Excursion at Vira Vira
This half-day white water rafting adventure comes highly recommended for thrill-seekers! Paddle along the Trancura River as you fight against grade III - IV rapids, and be prepared to get wet! Suitable for a variety of abilities and fitness levels.
Sailing on Villarrica Lake
Sail across the glassy waters of Lake Villarrica amid the stunning Lake District scenery, passing by snow-capped volcanoes and tree-lined shores. Discover isolated beaches and enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores.
Thermal Hot Springs by Helicopter
Board a helicopter for a scenic flight to the famous Geometricas Thermal Springs, take an hour to unwind here. Next, your scenic flight takes you over the active Villaricca Volcano for some real wow factor and lands straight back into Vira Vira.
The volcanoes surrounding Pucón provide ample opportunity for adventure. Take on these half or full-day excursions to see the region's highlights from a variety of different perspectives and to appreciate the region's breathtaking natural beauty.
Yoga at Vira Vira
Head to the traditional Mapuche style Ruca yoga platform and soak in the views over the tranquil lagoon. Claudia, the hotel's co-owner, is trained in Hatha yoga and leads sessions with a focus on deep relaxation and immersion in nature.
Atacama, Santiago, Lake District, Torres del Paine and Winelands
from £9900 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- An outdoors enthusiast's paradise, with excellent hiking and horse riding available throughout
- Contrast the arid Atacama desert with the lakes and mountains of the Torres del Paine
- Mix in some time soaking up the culture and colonial architecture in Santiago and the verdant landscapes of the wine country
Location & directions
Set in 23 acres of Native Park along the shores of the Liucaura River in Pucón, in Chile's Lake District.
How to get there
The hotel offers private transfers from either Pucón or Temuco Airport. There is also an option to enjoy a helicopter transfer if you feel like arriving in style!
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