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Set in 23 acres of Native Park along the shores of the Liucura River, &Beyond Vira Vira offers a true hacienda experience in the region. It exposes aspects of regional cuisine and traditions, immersing travellers in the surrounding scenery and adventurous pursuits of Pucón.
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 comfortable 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 Hotel Suites come complete with a terrace for unparalleled views, ideal for unwinding with a glass of locally produced wine after a day of exploration, but the real highlights are the extremely spacious Villa Suites which each have an exterior jacuzzi overlooking the river.
The local Mapuche culture is one of the most historically rich cultures of Chile, whose descendants still inhabit the Araucanía zone. Among their beliefs is the respect for mother earth and nature. In keeping with this heritage, the hotel will be a wonderland for the new-age eco-pioneer. It operates as a fully-fledged farm managed by ecological standards and the up most respect for the environment. Every day the local Chef will carefully tailor two menus full of fresh farmhouse cuisine to each guest before serving in the restaurant that overlooks the lagoon. Guests can also be actively involved themselves. The hotel has built a state of the art milk and cheese dairy and their locally trained Cheese Maker will knowledgeably introduce travelling foodies to the skilful art of cheese making. They may also be guided through the sustainable harvest of different types of corn or help breed a selection of animals. In between meals, guests can try the Hacienda's freshly squeezed fruit juices, learn to bake the hotel's delicious bread and home-grown jams or extract delicious honey from the beehives that scatter the hotel's surrounding park.
Activities at &Beyond Vira Vira are infinite in summer or winter. Adventurers will relish whitewater rafting and kayaking down the rapids, climbing the Villarrica Volcano, trekking through untouched natural parks, cycling and riding; while more relaxed guests can enjoy peaceful fly fishing, gently drifting down the river in a boat or bathing in the soothing Volcanic Thermal Springs. Snow sports in the winter include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and winter horse riding in front of a backdrop of Chile's mystical snow-capped volcanoes. To unwind, Claudia Paravicini, co-owner of the hotel is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher (BDY/EYU) and hosts both individual or small group classes in the brand new Mapuche style Ruca, a perfect setting for challenging and meditative classes of Yoga.
Owners Michael and Claudia live most of the year at the hotel and are the most lovely hosts who often organise a BBQ and mingle with the guests.
Tom, Original Traveller