Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira

Pucón, Chile

At a Glance

  • Enjoy the freshest food in the gourmet restaurant with ingredients from the hotel's own farm

  • Great location right on the shores of Liucura

  • Real 'back to nature' experience on the hotel's 23 hectare estate

  • Relax in the wooden hot tub right on the river's edge

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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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Insider's View

Start the day of with a free yoga lesson with co-owner Claudia in her Mapuche style Ruca which overlooks the river flowing through the property.

Make sure to visit Vira Vira's onsite Hacienda which produces an array of fruit and vegetables, grains, all different kinds of meats and poultry and even their own milk and cheese dairy. All produce is exclusively reserved for their hotel guests and not sold anywhere else.

If you like horse-riding then Vira Vira will not disappoint. Rodolfo who looks after the horses was a former trainer to the Spanish Olympic equestrian team and his passion and knowledge of the area, ensures you will experience some of the best riding in the country.

Usually an hour before dinner, the chef will put out fresh cheeses from the diary, this isn't really adveritised so it's a well kept secret amongst cheese-lovers!

Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation to Hacienda Hotel Vira Vira or take a look at our itineraries to Lake District

Description

Hotel Vira Vira is both a hotel and a hacienda and runs as a fully operational farm with the main aim of providing fresh and delicious produce to guests, whilst also providing a fascinating insight into how a traditional farm and cheese dairy operates.

Hotel 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 creeks 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. Wood-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 outside Jacuzzis, perfect for relaxing in with a glass of locally-produced 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. 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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

Hotel Vira Vira welcomes children over the age of 12.

Facilities

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 favorite drink the way you like it.

Activities

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.

Reviews

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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. 

Experiences

  • 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.

  • Volcanic experiences

    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.

Vacation Ideas

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    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
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Location & directions

Pucón, Chile

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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