andBeyond Vira Vira
Trekking in Villarrica National Park
Discover an array of landscapes on scenic hiking trails
andBeyond Vira Vira is surrounded by spectacular natural terrain. The homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, the region surrounding the lodge offers a vast selection of hiking/trekking excursions. In the company of one of our experienced guides, explore national parks that showcase beautiful forests, shimmering bodies of water, waterfalls, hot springs and the breath-taking terrain of majestic volcanoes draped with snow-capped peaks. Discover the beauty of Villarrica National Park and various trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.
Treks require sturdy hiking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (walking poles and a backpack are optional). Treks vary on difficulty levels, durations and restrictions, and some are seasonal, so please be sure to check with your guide on arrival.
Scenic helicopter flights
Soar above the active Villarrica Volcano
Explore the magnificent landscapes around andBeyond Vira Vira on scenic helicopter flight, and marvel at the region’s beautiful lakes, forests and snow-capped volcanoes. Setting off from the lodge, hop aboard our helicopter, and soar across the Lake District passing over the active crater of the Villarrica Volcano. As if this weren’t spectacular already, the view also encompasses other volcanoes and valleys – a truly unique experience!
Indulge in a wide range of andBeyond Vira Vira’s wellness therapies, including relaxing or invigorating massages, hot stone therapy, deep tissue, facial treatment or a reflexology foot massage, to name a few. Sink into serenity in beautifully decorated massage rooms overlooking the crystal clear Liucura River and be relaxed by the gentle murmur of the flowing water. The lodge is the perfect place to unwind and dive into a state of deep relaxation.
Floating raft on the Liucura River
Gently float down the Liucura River
Enjoy a glorious scenic river excursion, gliding along clear waters toward Villarica Lake. andBeyond Vira Vira is fronted by the beautiful Liucura River. It is from here that you will set off on a rafting boat. Ideal for relaxation and contemplating nature, this tranquil excursion allows you to gently make your way past pristine landscapes of lush rolling mountains and native forest, whilst observing aquatic birds, and even trout and salmon darting through the water, along the way. Your serene floating experience comes to an end with a delicious picnic. This experience is best enjoyed on the afternoon of your arrival as it requires little physical effort.
Cheese Factory tour
Head to the Vira Vira cheese factory for a delectable tour
Located on the andBeyond Vira Vira property is a tempting Swiss cheese factory, and an authentic Swiss cheese maker. The ultimate foodie delight, enjoy a tour of this delicious creamery and gain insight into the specific ways different cheese, including Parmesan, Blue cheese and Camembert are produced. Glimpse into what goes into creating top-quality cheese, and marvel at the massive wheels of slowly maturing cheeses, and the various ways to produce soft and hard cheeses. Sample and enjoy the superb flavours and textures of the various cheeses. None of the cheeses produced are for retail, they are for the exclusive delight of the guests’ palate.
Trekking in Huerquehue National Park
Explore mountains, forests, Andean lakes and lagoons
andBeyond Vira Vira is surrounded by spectacular natural terrain. The homeland of the indigenous Mapuche people, the region surrounding the lodge offers a vast selection of hiking/trekking excursions. In the company of one of our experienced guides, explore national parks that showcase beautiful forests, shimmering bodies of water, waterfalls, hot springs and the breath-taking terrain of majestic volcanoes draped with snow-capped peaks. Discover the beauty of Huerquehue National Park and enjoy various trekking options.
Each trek requires sturdy hiking boots, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (walking poles and a backpack are optional). Treks vary on difficulty levels, duration and restrictions, and some are seasonal, so please be sure to check with your guide on arrival.
Cast your line into crystal clear waters
Spend a day immersed in the spectacular surrounds of andBeyond Vira Vira, with just the sounds of a streaming river or lapping lake as your companion, and enjoy either fly-fishing or spinner fishing where all equipment is provided. Cast your line for rainbow trout, brown trout, or chinook salmon and choose to go out in a boat to explore a wider expanse, or possibly even forget about fishing and just marvel at the terrain. Our guide will show you the best spots for both river and lake fishing, providing you the best fishing experience in the area.
Pack your binoculars for incredible birding
Exciting excursions allow birders to visit different habitats, such as mountains, lakes, rivers and forests to search high and low for the iconic species in the area. At times, bird calls might lead you to capture stunning sightings of the giant magellanic woodpecker, ringed kingfisher, chucao tapaculo, snowy egret, black-crowned night heron, plumbeous rail and Andean condor, to name but a few! As well as enjoying the resident birdlife, the exquisite surrounds of majestic volcanoes and shimmering Andean lakes add to the experience. For guests not wanting to venture too far from the lodge, a walk around the perimeter of the estate can produce white-throated treerunner, Chilean flicker, thorn-tailed rayadito, tufted tit-tyrant, grey-hooded sierra finch, yellow-billed pintail, black-faced ibis, black-necked swan and southern lapwing without too much effort.
Enjoy a leisurely pedal or some thrilling extreme downhills
What better way to explore the lush native forests and volcanic slopes of the region than on two wheels? Perfect for avid mountain bikers, andBeyond Vira Vira offers various half-day as well as full-day excursions to spectacular areas boasting breath-taking terrain. Explore the rugged landscapes of Villarrica National Park, traverse around the tranquil Villarrica Lake, and climb craggy craters at the foot of the Villarrica Volcano on your bike.
Choose between easy going, non-technical off-road biking and smooth flowing single track to extreme downhill tracks for technically skilled riders. This area boasts trails and terrains to fit all levels and preferences.
Equipment: Trainers or biking shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen (bike, gloves and helmet are provided by the lodge)
Time to go: Year-round (depending on weather conditions)
Ride across the landscapes of the Lake District
After a short, scenic 4×4 drive from the lodge, arrive at Huepil Malal, a horse-riding centre bordering the Cañi Natural Reserve. Here, you will meet an authentic Chilean huaso (cowboy). His horses are gems of national breeds with typical names like Merken, Calafate or Canela. You will be guided on a scenic tour through open prairies and forests. This excursion is for all abilities, from those who just wish to meander through the breath-taking beauty to advanced riders who wish to gallop through the sensational landscape. You can also enjoy an authentic riding experience and ride alongside Rodolfo, a former trainer of the Spanish Olympic horse riding team.
Stand-up paddle boarding
Paddle down river and marvel at scenic views
Enjoy a fun day out splashing in the pristine waters around andBeyond Vira Vira. Starting at the lodge, paddle down the Liucura River, and take in the spectacular natural surrounds of volcanoes, kaleidoscopic birds swooping through the air, and lush forests. Additionally, we can arrange stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tinquilco if you would like a change of scenery.
Brave the mighty rapids of the Trancura River
Hang on tight as you race over rapids on a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure. Just 15 minutes from andBeyond Vira Vira, your riveting excursion will be in the Trancura River. Before setting off, there will be a safety briefing and testing the equipment. Ideal for beginners and experienced paddlers, the Trancura River features class 3 and 4 rapids. Zigzagging through valleys and gullies, there are numerous runs and the rapids including the Junction, the Lioness, the Wall and the Footbridge. This adrenalin pumping experience is made all the more sensational by the scenery comprised of the Villarrica Volcano at every turn, and beautiful hills draped by forests.
Skiing and snowboarding
Hit the slopes of the active Villarrica Volcano
Exciting adventures await with our snowboarding and skiing activities down the active Villarrica Volcano. A variety of slopes are on offer from beginners to more advanced ski runs. A spectacular environment of volcanic peaks and shimmering lakes, the flowing lava has created an incredible terrain of natural half pipes, cornices and wind lips.
Slip on a snowshoe and trek through pristine landscapes
Embark on a snowshoe trekking expedition through puffy snow as you carve trails around Villarrica National Park. This is a spectacular way to explore untouched landscapes, with absolute silence dominating the vast expanse surrounding you. The Andes is a magical winter space between June and September, an incredible experience created for all levels of fitness. This exciting adventure begins and ends with steaming mugs of hot chocolate.
Enjoy an incredible hiking trip to the top of the Villarrica Volcano, offering breath-taking sights of the entire region and Villarrica Lake. If you are up for an adventure, climb the Villarrica Volcano with an ice-pick and crampons. Marvel at the sights from the top of the crater and slide down on the snow! An incredible experience!
Discover the ancient Mapuche culture
Explore the charming town of Curarrehue, nestled between towering mountains, and visit a Mapuche weaver to view her traditional skills and techniques as she works with the loom. Afterwards, continue up into the Andes to the Quillelhue Lagoon, located at the foot of Lanin Volcano. Here you will have the opportunity to see the majestic araucaria trees (known as monkey puzzle trees), followed by a lunch at a traditional Mapuche ruka (house). The Mapuche people consider Villarica Volcano or Ruka Pillán as the “House of the Spirit of the Ancestors”. Deeply connected with “mother earth” these enchanting people base their traditions around nature. During your visit to the “ruka” you will learn about their unique ways of life first hand.
Traverse the snow on a Husky dog sledding expedition
Be captivated by this experience as you crisscross the snowfall on a Husky sledding adventure. Head to the city of Villarrica, and hop aboard a special snow vehicle that will take you to awaiting magnificent canines, eager to propel you through the snow. Enjoy a gentle walk at the foot of the volcano through a lava slag covered in snow and surrounded by araucaria (monkey puzzle) trees. Please note that this excursion requires pre-confirmation with the lodge (at least 3 months prior to arrival) and carries an additional cost.
Season: July to 15 October
Race through the snow on an exhilarating adventure
Skiing on an active Villarrica Volcano is spectacular, but racing on a snowmobile becomes a once in a lifetime experience. Together with your driver/guide, circle the volcano finding a virgin track on every run. This activity is designed for adventure lovers, and as the snowmobiles function similar to a motorbike, you will have to hang on and lean in according to your driver’s instructions. The snowmobile activity is available at an additional cost.
Height: 600m – 1100m
Season: July to 15 October
Balance your chakras and enjoy yoga sessions that harmonise body, mind and spirit. Find your inner peace and enjoy the silence, nature and serenity the area has to offer. The yoga instructor will come from Pucon (10km / 6 miles away) and sessions will take place at the lodge. If a special request is made we will endeavour to assist you.
A great fly-fishing expedition for adventure enthusiasts, hop aboard the Vira Vira helicopter and fly towards the Quetrupillan Volcano, landing at its foot alongside Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon), a picturesque spot to cast your line. During your flight, marvel at the sensational views of the region’s volcanoes and lakes. Should you require, experienced fishing guides are also on hand to lead this excursion. This activity is at an additional cost.
This is an exhilarating, tailor-made biking experience, planned with our helicopter pilot. Leave the lodge at your preferred time, and enjoy a scenic 20 minute flight to the top of the Villarrica Volcano. Once landed, you will hop on your bike for a thrilling, 1hr downhill trail ride that follows a cross country track over lava fields, along the border of Turbio River. After the ride, a vehicle will be waiting to bring you back to the lodge. Ask your pilot and guide if you want to do more than just one epic downhill trail and additional options can be explored at your convenience. This activity is at an additional cost.
andBeyond’s WILDchild programme, designed especially for children visiting our safari lodges and camps in Africa, is filled with fun, interactive activities that offer opportunities to learn and discover new experiences and cultures. Deeply rooted in the love for the African bush, it not only creates a series of unforgettable moments for the whole family but forges strong bonds between our young guests, our planet and its people.