For those looking for something a little different, Mallin Colorado Ecolodge will tick the boxes. It occupies one of the most stunning settings in Patagonia and is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts wanting an 'off the beaten track' experience.
This lovely rustic lodge lies in the heart of Chile's remote Patagonia, it's a great base from which to explore the lakes, mountains, forests and glaciers of the region. After a day out exploring, return to the superb hospitality at the lodge, owned and run by the 7 siblings of the Christensen family (you'll always find at least one of them in residence). The high level of personal service is accompanied by delicious home cooked cuisine. Dishes are lovingly prepared using local and seasonal produce resulting in tasty food that warms the soul.
Accommodation is offered in four beautiful log cabins, each of a different configuration made with native woods. They are strategically placed to maximise on both privacy and the wonderful views. All cabins have a cosy wood burning stove and a living area, large picture windows look out onto the outdoor seating area and lake beyond and a jacuzzi or hot tub. The recent addition of Casa Lenga houses 6 additional rooms with a central lounge where hot drinks can be made. There's an outdoor area with seating too. In your comfy room you'll find all the usual amenities you would expect along with bathrobes and slippers to make you feel at home.
The wild beauty of the Aysen region is on the doorstep for you to explore. The lodge is set in 450 hectares of wilderness, dissected by miles of private trails which you can explore alone or with a guide. If you prefer, you can take to the saddle as you admire the rich scenery and unique vegetation on horseback. Other points of interest are the Marble Caves at the centre of the lake, experience the thrill of ice trekking on a glacier, visit the confluence of the Baker and Nef rivers or simply sit and relax on your terrace and connect with these amazing natural surroundings.
Open: Mallin Colorado Ecolodge is open from mid September to the end of May annually.
Location: Mallin Colorado Ecodlode is on the Southern Carretera Austral in the Aysen region, set overlooking the shores of Lake General Carrera. It's 5 hours from Balmaceda airport and 6 hours south of Coyhaique, the capital of the region.
Rooms: Accommodation is in four log cabins and 6 rooms in a separate building, Casa Lenga. The cabins have different configurations, all have polished wooden floors, picture windows, wood burning stoves, and a living space. The two larger cabins also have a small kitchen. The en-suite rooms in the Casa Lenga all have lake views, minibars and share a central lounge that also overlooks the lake.
Activities: You have a wide choice of activities ranging from guided nature walks to lake trips to see the Marble caves, visit local natural beauty spots, explore on horseback, visit the northern Patagonian ice fields, visit the confluence of river Baker and river Neff, try rafting or fly fishing. An hour to the south of the lodge is the new Patagonia Park where you can see guanacos, flamingos, condors and beautiful scenery.
Facilities: The communal areas at the lodge are simple and homely. There's a lounge/dining room with a cosy fireplace, and views to the lake. The outdoor terrace is a wonderful place to soak up the views. WiFi is available.
Dining: The food served is locally sourced and the menu features wholesome home-cooked meals. You sit down with the owners to enjoy them as you chat together. The food is cooked over an open fire in clay pots, the traditional way. When possible, meals are enjoyed outdoors on the terrace.
Children: Children are welcome though there are no special activities or programmes for children.
Health: There is no malaria in Chile.
Communication: There is wifi internet access.