Puma Lodge: Luxury and Adventure on the Mountain

By Alfonso Hartard, GoChile’s General Manager

Looking for a place to escape from Santiago’s stress, I decided to leave the city for the weekend and visit the new hotel Puma Lodge, located on the mountainous area of Región de O’Higgins, only two hours away from Santiago. They define themselves as a mountain lodge with a very personalized service and with different programs for tourist to explore the surroundings and wonder themselves with the imposing mountains and their valleys. It seemed like a very attractive option that influenced my decision to give it a go and try their attributes with my family.

To get to the hotel from Santiago you need to take Ruta 5 Sur to get to Ruta del Cobre (The Copper Route), heading to Coya. From there, it’s another 20 minutes until getting to Chacaye Bridge (you don’t have to cross it), and then 200 meters until Hidro Pacific hydroelectric power station, where you’ll be asked to show your id to get in. From this place you need to drive another 45 minutes through a dirt road (having a 4WD vehicle is highly recommended!), from where you’ll have a magnificent view of Río Cipreses National Reserve. Nature, wind, and the colors of the landscape will amaze you and slowly replace the stress that you brought from the city.

When I arrived in the hotel I was impressed by its size and appearance, with a facade made mainly with stone and wood, an area of 4700 mt2 and 24 rooms. We were warmly welcomed by the staff members, who invited us to try the famous drink “Secreto de la Casa” (the house’s secret). The lobby is just beautiful with its wooden walls, its two fireplaces, a bar, and most importantly, big windows and skylights that let mountains reveal their majesty and size.

After dropping our things in our room we walked around the lodge and its facilities. The place has one spa with two outdoor hot tubs, a dry and a humid sauna, a massage room, a gym, an outdoor pool, and a hangar keep the hotel’s helicopters, which are mostly used during the ski season in the hotel’s main activity: heliskiing. There is yet another hot tub only a few meters away from the pool, on a wooden terrace overlooking the mountains and Cachapoal River Valley. There is also a game room with a pool table, parlor games, and a library.

The restaurant is very nice and its terrace is ideal to share a drink at night while looking at the mountains under the moonlight. The food is delicious and they have a varied wine list to complement the two or three options they offer for lunch and dinner.

Due to its amazing natural surroundings, Puma Lodge has developed a varied activity menu that includes trekking, horseback riding, and excursions with different levels of difficulty, accompanied by expert guides. We chose a one-hour soft trek to a cypress forest with great views of the valley. We spent the rest of our time enjoying the spa, the hot tub, the good gastronomy, and of course, relaxing. A small detail is that, due to the strong wind drafts, the pool area is very cold, a problem, they assured us, are trying to solve.

To conclude, I would recommend this hotel to couples and families wanting to rest and escape from the city stress, to people that like outdoor activities, and to all those who enjoy nature but also want the comfort of a good hotel, which this hotel delivers superbly, in a comfortable and relaxing setting surrounded by mountains.