I was in Puerto Varas, ahead of a planned week-long fishing trip south of the Lake region, and arranged to stay for two nights at the lodge, and another night at the b & b, on my return. The owner, John Joy is a remarkably skilled, astute, but low-key and bilingual fly-fishing guide, who rivals the best guides this long-time fisher has experienced in Montana, Colorado or Alaska. He easily maneuvers a substantial cataraft, consistently placing the angler in the best position to make the cast, which is reflected in the substantial and numerous trout that we landed.
As for the food and accommodations, the lodge is secluded on a dirt road off of the main road, and is beautifully landscaped(John was formerly a horticulturist), with superb views of the lake and volcanoes. Its interior is equally handsome.
As for the meals, which were prepared by John’s welcoming wife, Teresa, a native Chilena, I have nothing but praise- home cooked, delicious, well seasoned, using fresh ingredients. The Chilean red wines poured by John, usually after a great Pisco Sour, were deeply flavored with spice, and not your run-of-the-mill Cabernet or Merlot.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at both the lodge, and at their beautifully furnished and landscaped b & b, which is John and Teresa’s home in Puerto Varas. I was fortunate to be invited into their home, and would do so again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Indisputably the best location to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, in peaceful wooded countryside up in the hills, with panoramic views of 3 volcanoes, Lake Llanquihue, the Andes, and the Petrohue River valley. Hiking and birding starts in the gardens, with rafting, riding, fishing, kayaking, volcano ascents, zip line, and other activities only minutes away. For active people who look for out of-the-way places with warm hospitality, great food, and creature comfort. ... more less