A fairy tale in the midst of the Chilean Patagonian Rainforest
Originally a place for friends to stay while they enjoyed the hunting and fishing resources of the Hulio Hulio reserve, the name is from a favourite book of the owners. The story describes a mountain that has magical powers and grants wishes – The Magic Mountain. With a waterfall cascading from the pinnacle of the roof, the lodge is indeed a special place.
As you’d expect from staying somewhere remote, your senses become tuned to the vibrant ecosystem of the forest. Condors and eagles in the air, pumas on the ground.
Waking with the dawn and enjoying nature, surrounded by a surreal structure.
The Magic Mountain Lodge is part of the complex of the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. It is the first hotel, conceived as a harmonious copy of a mountain. This lodge was built with noble indigenous materials by artisans from the neighboring communities of Neltume and Puerto Fuy.
The water from the area is of particular purity. The project of a mountain is developed from the idea of showing the energy and life of this element, from which this life arises and contains the magic of old tree forests inside, discovering in each of their details, beings and elements that are unique and irreplaceable and that are part of the Native Forest.
The warm welcome at the Magic Mountain Lodge is an introduction to the magic of vertical world expressed in its original architecture. The surprising waterfall that bathes the entire lodge blends with the silence, the snow and the sound of the rain at certain times of the year.
While you’re some way from civilization, the lodge is self-sufficient and has a restaurant "Meson del Bosque" - The Forest Table. All meals are taken here and you’ll get the opportunity to sample some really good Chilean cooking. When the weather is cold, try their Pastel de Papas – a mixture of mashed potatoes, onion, olives, egg and meat cooked in the oven. A recommendation for those with a sweet tooth is to try it with sugar but beware! Too large a portion will leave you unable to do anything except snooze. Lighter fare includes the Chilean staple of Cazuela – a meat or chicken soup with potatoes. Spice it up with “Merquen” - the Mapuche’s local red pepper. During the evening the restaurant provides a bar where you can enjoy the traditional Chilean Pisco Sour. Made of grape liqueur, mixed with lemon juice and sugar it is particularly refreshing. Take care however, Pisco Sour is easy to drink and a hangover this far from a pharmacy is particularly painful if you’ve forgotten to pack aspirin.
Each of the 12 rooms has a private bathroom. Rooms are named with plants and animals found in the park, although a little detective work with a good dictionary is required to try and translate some of the more obscure. "Lahuen" is a medical plant used by the local Mapuches Indians and "Ranita de Darwin", a tiny frog close to extinction.
All 12 rooms have central heating, suite bathroom, closet, telephone and a safe-box.
Bunk Bed Room (3 available): Rooms measure approximately 7 m2 and have a private bathroom. Located in the top part of the Lodge, they bring a special touch to the Magic Mountain’s one-of-a-kind traits. Especially recommended for children. Cribs and additional beds are not allowed.
Maximum occupancy: 2 guests.
Standard Room (5 available): Rooms measure approximately 10 m2 and have a private bathroom. Located on the middle floors of the Mountain. Double or twin rooms are available.
Maximum occupancy: 2 guests, cribs and additional beds are not allowed.
Superior (4 available): Rooms measure approximately 15m2 and are located at the bottom of the Mountain. They are the biggest rooms, including a private bathroom with tub. Double or twin rooms are available.
Generally sunny with moderate temperatures, but the summer (December, January and February), can be very hot. The rainy season begins in April and finishes in October. Ski lovers have best conditions in July and August while September to November and March to April are the best months for outdoor activities.
* All services are shared with Nothofagus Hotel & Spa
• Reading Room
• International Restaurant and Bar (*)
• Wi-fi (*) and Telephone Service
• Laundry Service (*)
• Lawenko Spa (indoor and outdoor pool, Indoor and outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, wet and dry sauna, relaxation room.
• Relaxation baths in ancient trunks with heated water.(*)
(*) Service at extra charge
The Lodge is 35 miles (60km) from Panguipulli, the nearest town. The largest major city is Valdivia, around 80 miles (165km) from the resort. The main airport is in Temuco, 85 miles (180km) away – around 3 hours from Huilo Huilo. Hire a car from the airport or arrange a transfer with the resort.
The Lodge is located between two small villages, Puerto Fuy and Neltume which grew up in the 1930’s to support the logging industry. You can find small restaurants, plus craft shops selling furniture and animal sculpture here. Neltume is now more famous for fishing and hunting in summer and ski randonee on the volcano in winter. They have also constructed a 500m aerial ropeway up to 90m high in the forest canopy, allowing you to travel from tree to tree, over cliffs with traverses. The park also offers horse and mountain biking plus kayak trips on the Pirihueico Lake.