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Stay inside a magic mountain at this incredible eco-friendly resort in Patagonia

An eco-friendly resort under the Andes Mountain range is offering guests the opportunity to get back to nature while relaxing in a range of unique and beautiful lodgings, including rooms built into a grass-covered mountain structure.

The Montaña Mágica Lodge at Huilo Huilo.
The Montaña Mágica Lodge at Huilo Huilo. Image by Huilo Huilo
The Nothofagus Hotel and Spa at Huilo Huilo reserve.
The Nothofagus Hotel and Spa at Huilo Huilo reserve. Image by Montaña Mágica Lodge

Located in the region of Los Rios in Chilean Patagonia, the Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve covers an area of 100,000 hectares and features land that is home to a range of endangered species, volcanoes, glacial lakes, streams and mountains. The reserve offers several different types of accommodation, including the spacious and relaxing Nothofagus Hotel and Spa, and the fairy-tale-like Montaña Mágica (Magic Mountain) features a running waterfall over a living volcano shaped building. The project focuses on the conservation of nature and local culture within the industry of sustainable tourism.

The reserve features a range of activities including zip-lining.
The reserve features a range of activities including zip-lining. Image by Huilo Huilo
Guests can also make use of the spa and hot spring bathing on the site.
Guests can also make use of the spa and hot spring bathing on the site. Image by Huilo Huilo

Guests can choose to stay in boutique lodges, apartments, forest cabins or camping facilities, with a range of spaces catering to different group sizes available. Huilo Huilo reserve offers activities perfect for outdoor and adventure lovers such as trekking, water sports, bird-watching, fishing, botanical walks and zip-lining, while options such as hot spring bathing cater to guests looking for relaxation. The nearby Mocho-Choshuenco volcano can also be viewed and the reserve offers a range of educational programmes centred around sustainability.

The Montaña Mágica Lodge features incredible views of the surrounding wilderness.
The Montaña Mágica Lodge features incredible views of the surrounding wilderness. Image by Huilo Huilo
The suites at the "Magic Mountain" feature beautiful furnishing and en-suite bathrooms.
The suites at the “Magic Mountain” feature beautiful furnishing and en-suite bathrooms. Image by Huilo Huilo

Rooms in the unique Montaña Mágica Lodge are located in the mountain and contain en-suite bathrooms with showers and double or twin beds. More information on the Huilo Huilo reserve is available on their website.