Our travels in Chile took us up the Maule River and to Alto Vilches to hike. Chez L'habitant was our base and chosen by a travel agent, without a good look at the roads connecting us to our trekking destinations. It is along and circuitous route, since there is no bridge connecting the north and south sides of the Maule until Talco. However, the hotel is a delightful place and the Riquelme family are warm and welcoming. The lodge sits above Lago Colbun with amazing views and comfortable decks and lounging areas. The food is excellent; service quick and friendly and they will assist with any questions about the area or activities. The rooms are good - somewhat hot during high summer - but clean and comfortable. More facilities are being added to accommodate campers, along with the hotel facilities. We were helped immensely by the guidance of our hosts to show us a route across the river that passed through private property (a quarry) for a 2000 CP fee ($4.00) but that saved at least 100 km of driving on dusty gravel roads.
A delightful place to relax and worth a visit.
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