A Month in Chile | Huilo Huilo

A Month in Chile | Huilo Huilo

Magic Mountain |  Traveling with a Baby and a 4 Year Old

Once we left Villarica Volcano we headed south to Huilo Huilo where we stayed at the Magic Mountain Hotel.  It was an incredible drive and for much of it we had no map. Luckily John has a great sense of direction and found a long, long, bumpy gravel road to get us there without it taking 9 hours like the map said.  Thankfully the kiddos slept in the back for most of it, not sure if it was because they were tired or to block out the shaking from the gravel road!

Poppy woke up once we were on another long gravel road that took us up a mountain to the end of the line to Huilo Huilo.  We hit a dead end at an amazing lake at Puerto Fuy surrounded my mountains with kayackers and a ferry that would take you to Argentina.  We opted not to do that as more traveling with the kiddos didn't seem like a good idea, by boat or not.  We had lunch overlooking the lake and then headed to our insane hotel.  It looked like a mountain complete with a waterfall going down the side of it!  They had a stream running through the middle of it covered in plexiglass that you could walk over and trees growing all inside!  Poppy was mesmerized!!

 

Magic Mountain

To get in the pool you had to wear swim caps which Poppy was not pleased about.  We also left her bathing suit in Santa Cruz so she had to swim in her roos and a shirt, which also made her an unhappy camper!

Magic Mountain

Peachy, as always, was easy going.

Magic Mountain

The next day, we burned off some energy on a nice hike down to the La Leona waterfall, which was unfortunately dry, due to the seasonal drop in the river.  Poppy was amazed at the history of volcanoes and earthquakes in the area, how they created the dark rocks that littered the river and shook the earth to create the waterfall.

Our next hike took us to the other side of the valley and up a gentle path to a Indian museum, filled with ancient artifacts from the local Mapuche Indians.  Poppy admired their jewelry, made by an ancient method of smelting copper. The trail split on the descent and led us into a wild boar refuge, which was such a nice refuge that we didn't see any,  but we did see several massive deer.

Huilo Huilo