|Many years ago I almost literally stumbled against a place called Salto del Carileufú in the Lakes District of Southern Chile. I wanted to visit Parque Nacional Huerquehue and I had reached Pucón, which is a tourist’s magnet in the region, and not wanting to stay in with the crowds, I asked in the tourist information office if there was an affordable place in the vicinity and they sent me to this small “hostería”. Finding the place was an adventure in and by itself but when I found it, it was magical: a small lodge, quiet, imposing views of Volcán Villarrica, fresh food, sinfully-tasting German “kuchen”, green-emerald river waters and the waterfall of the Carileufú.While planning another trip to the region this year I discovered that the place had been sold and reopened under new management and I was highly apprehensive about what changes I’d find. The previous owner wanted to keep the lodge small and pristine and having seen in other places the results of “improvements”, my apprehensiveness was bordering cynicism.
It is magificent. The new owners – an Italian family – added a couple of tastefully designed cabins, improved the extensive lawns and created a magical garden that is nothing like I have ever seen. From lettuces to raspberries, potatoes to green beans, they are all there. More importantly, what nature created in the first place – the waterfall, the green-emerald waters, the peace and tranquility, the sound of the waterfall at night, the “kuchen” at tea time, they are all still there. Plus the Italian food now!
Please visit my gallery of pictures of Salto del Carileufú and let me know what you think or ask me if you have questions. Above all, try visiting; there is a whole new world around there.