We stayed there for four nights from November 20th-24th, 2012. After our plane got delayed leaving Santiago, we missed the connecting flight to Balmaceda for Puerto Montt and ended up arriving in Balmaceda 5 hours later than expected. The five hour drive was ahead of us and even though we could not enjoy the views that much because it was getting late and it was drizzling, we ended up making it to Mallin Colorado at around 11 pm safe and sound. Paula, the owner, was there to greet us and guide us to our cozy cabin (Coigue). Each morning, Don Victor (the care-taker), would come into our cabin to re-start the fire so we could wake up to a warm cabin. After pulling up the blinds, the view was spectacular with Lake General Carrera in front of us. Then, a delicious breakfast at the also very cozy main lodge followed where we would always be greeted and served by the friendly chef Miguel and staff (at our time it was volunteer students from Slovakia and Belgium who were backpacking aroudn South America). Paula was extremely helpful providing directions as to where to go and what to do. There is a magnificent hike inside the property about 4 hours long by foot (can also be done by horse) with beautiful views along the road of the glaciers around lake Bertrand and the each time less frequent possibility of spotting a Condor, which we were lucky to do. Dinner at the main lodge was a dream, chef Miguel made delicious meals worthy of Uchi, Feast, Under Belly or other upscale restaurant in Houston, made of four courses and totally worth it for the asked price. The area is just fantastic with less than 1 hour trips to the Marble Cathedral, Exploradores Glaciers and Confluencia. In sum, a great experience and somewhere we plan to return in the future, perhaps for our 10 or 25 year anniversary? We'll see!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small family ecolodge on lake General Carrera, Aisén, Patagonia, Chile, located in middle of nature, surrounded by the Northern Ice Fields, river Baker, lake General Carrera, glaciers, forests and pampa valleys, with a wide variety of outdoor activities, like horsebackridings, flyfishing, rafting, trekking, hiking. Special place to rest, disconnect yourself and enjoy the beauty of nature, the silence and an exclusive attention to the details. Rustic and elegant private log cabins in a secluded countryside, with the best view over one of the most beautiful places in Carretera Austral. Provides excursions, meals, transportation, laundry, wi-fi, etc. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mallin Colorado Ecolodge Chile/Puerto Guadal