Why We Like This Lodge
- A tranquil setting located only 25 minutes from Bariloche, the gateway to the North Patagonia Andes with its year-round offering of activities
- Roam 500 acres of the majestic Nahuel Huapi National Park's wilderness on the grounds of the lodge, witnessing pristine forests, creeks, and waterfalls
- Stay in houses thoughtfully constructed with local, handcrafted stone and sustainably forested logs carved by hand
- Savour healthy, balanced meals prepared with fresh produce from the organic vegetable garden and served with home baked goods
- Spend a day trekking or horse riding through mountain terrain or skiing at Cerro Cathedral, and soak up views of lakes, mountains and hilltops as you flit between the sauna and beach
Get acquainted with the wonders of North Patagonia through a variety of excursions that showcase the privileged location of the estancia. Hike the forest and mountain trails into canyons, ascending hilltops alongside waterfalls, or horseback ride with a horse whisperer. Kayak through the peacefulness of sunken forests or enjoy boat rides on the lake's crystal clear waters and see some of the 57 bird species recorded in the area.
Peuma Hue is at its prime in every season, with an array of winter sports available. Bariloche hosts the major ski resort in Argentina, Mt Catedral, just 35 minutes from the estancia. Truly capitalise on relaxation, alongside adventure, by booking onto some of the wellbeing activities such as a yoga class or healing massage.
Those who love hiking and trekking are truly spoilt for choice here. A large variety of trails will see you cross pristine forest, ancient rocks, ledges, canyons, landslides, gorges, hilltops and stunning waterfalls with beautiful views over the Gutiérrez and Mascardi lakes and facing ancient mountain fold.
Set out on your own around other activities or as you desire; with 500 acres to explore you can walk for as long or as little as you like each day, and easily link to the largest trekking network in Argentina (within the National Park), with no need for transfers. Peuma Hue is also strategically located on the Huella Andina long distance trail; a chain of trekking paths, shelters and a myriad of services on the backbone of the North Patagonian Andes. Take a more peaceful walk through the ancient valley, or follow the sound of gushing water as you trek towards different waterfalls which are so pure that you can drink the water.
There are several planned hikes that you can book onto, meeting different interests, lengths and levels of difficulty. You will be provided with sketches and details of different highlights along the way, whilst trails are also marked with coloured ribbons to make them easier to follow.
Stunning views and different levels of expertise for riders are offered within 500 acres of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, suitable for beginners and experts alike.
Rides begin at the stables, where your guide selects a horse for you and provides the necessary equipment (helmet and half chaps). After checking expertise and providing instructions, set off onto your determined trail. Rides cover flat terrain within the valley, mountain terrain up the surrounding slopes, forest, and the horses – incredibly trained by a horsewhisperer – even swim in the lake with guests.
Kayaking, Boat Rides & Fishing
The location of Peuma Hue sitting east from the D'Agostini peak means that prevailing winds come from the west for most of the year, providing calm waters for kayaking, boat rides or fishing, protected by the mountain. The lakeside is surrounded by native forest, with huge coihue trees extending their arms into the waters, waterfalls running into the lake, sunken trees seen through crystal clear waters and fuchsias and other wild flowers growing along the shore.
Paddling on the lake is magical. The views are amazing; the peace strikes your soul. You can paddle as long as you wish, perhaps to the facing beaches at the peninsula at Bahía Muñoz, while watching trout jumping in front of your kayak. Boat rides are also offered, with options to walk back along the shore afterwards, as well as fishing either from the beach, lakeside or at the mouth of creeks running into the lake.
Winter (mid June – end of September) is one of the most popular times to visit Bariloche, and the change of seasons creates beautiful landscapes across the region. Skiing at Cerro Catedral, just 35 minutes from Peuma Hue, and the most famous ski resort in Argentina, is definitely the main attraction in town during the winter months. But, with average temperatures in the valley during the day in the low 40s °F (2-8°C) and dipping slightly below freezing in the evening, nearly all of the myriad of activities offered during summer months are available in the winter.
The main house of the estancia is just a stone’s throw from the beach which sweeps for 2 miles in front of the property. The water is icy cold so swimming is only for the bravest, but once you’ve taken the plunge it is a refreshing, invigorating satisfaction.
About Peuma Hue
Located in North Patagonia, Peuma Hue embeds in one place all of the natural environments that the region has to offer: 500 acres of land within the Nahuel Huapi National Park in the Lake District, 2 miles of coastline on Lake Gutierrez, and 25 miles of local hiking trails home to Mt. Catedral, pristine forests, creeks and waterfalls.
The lodge is well connected and easily accessible. It is a 35 minute drive from the international airport, 25 minutes from downtown San Carlos de Bariloche, and 35 minutes from the Mt. Catedral ski resort. Transfers can be provided to most of these places, and other surrounding areas. The flight from Buenos Aires to San Carlos de Bariloche is 2 hours.
Food & Drink
Peuma Hue prides itself on providing an unforgettable dining experience. There is a varied gourmet offering, from typical argentine and regional Patagonian dishes, to international cuisine. The focus is on balanced, healthy and delicious meals, prepared at home and using produce grown in the organic garden, greenhouse and orchard. Other produce tends to be sourced from local farmer's markets, supporting the community. Meals are accompanied with top-rated regional wines and microbrew beers.
Guests with all inclusive itineraries can look forward to buffet breakfasts, lunches, afternoon snacks, and dinners. The lodge operates a fixed menu, carefully designed for each season and according to available produce. Dietary restrictions and personal wishes can be accommodated where requested in advance.
Bookings for wine tasting evenings can also be made, in addition to cooking lessons and cooking retreats (retreats require a minimum of 6 guests).
The animals of Peuma Hue are an important aspect of the true essence of life throughout the property; sharing their unconditional love and easy-going attitude. Horses, dogs, cats and the Patagonian wildlife roam freely around the land. The golden retriever “boys” are always willing to play tour guide and join you on the various mountain trails, whilst the border collies take care of the horses and accompany every ride.
Whether it is a giant condor landing on a ledge to say hello and then soaring into the thermals of the Andes winds, a silver tailed fox peaking from behind the “colihue” bamboo, or a European hare whizzing by, the serene atmosphere of the lodge supports the interaction and harmony of the animals in their natural habitat.
You are unlikely to meet other hikers on the trails which gives you a definite sense of being ‘off the beaten track’ and makes for some excellent bird watching. Whilst out on the trails myself, I was able to get extremely close to a family of magellanic woodpeckers who continued their work totally undisturbed as I sat filming them.
Sally Dodge Patagonia Specialist
Dates & Rates
Open for much of the year, Peuma Hue caters both to summer trekkers, horse-riders and rafters, as well as to those seeking the snowy slopes of Cerro Catedral.
For individual rooms in the main lodge, rates for the summer range from USD $410 to USD $505 per person per night (NOTE: rates in the peak period around Christmas and New Year are about USD $100 more). Whole villas are also available for groups - please enquire for more information about these.
Room rates at the Peuma Hue include:
- Meals & beverages
- Guided horse-riding, trekking, boat rides, kayaking, and use of the sauna
- Access to the lodge's 500 acres of surrounding land and 2 miles of lake shore.
The lodge has 14 rooms distributed in 2 houses and 3 log villas. All of the rooms are decorated in an elegant rustic style, with a homely feel and superb views.
The Poplar House
This is the main house of the Estancia, where all the guests gather and meals are served. It has two superior rooms in the ground floor, both with lake views. In the upper floor there is a Junior Suite and the Master Suite. The first one is very ample and has impressive lake view; while the second one is recognised has its own balcony, a double jacuzzi and large windows overlooking the lake, bay and mountain.
The Radal House
Located 150m from the Poplar House, across a creek with a hanging bridge, this house has a beautiful shared living room with a fireplace, dining room and fully equipped kitchen, all featuring lake views. It has 4 private rooms (though the house can be requested as a whole): 2 in the upper floor and 2 in the ground floor, each with a private bathroom.
The Junior Suite in the upper floor, is one of the most beautiful rooms, with its own fireplace and a spectacular view of the lake. Facing it is Establo room, with mountains and valley views, set with twin beds. The lower floor has 2 superior rooms with lake and mountain views, as well as a roofed garage with a grill.
The Coihue Villa
This villa has 2 double rooms (one upstairs and one downstairs), each with full bathrooms, a cozy living room with a wood-burning stove, a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. It is located 50m from the Poplar House, in front of the organic orchard and framed by the creek. It has a big park, a roofed garage with a grill and lake views from all rooms.
The Creek Cabin
The Creek Cabin can lodge between 2 and 4 guests. It has a double room and a living room with two additional beds, a cozy fireplace, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom (shower, no bathtub) and views to the creek and the mountain. It’s located 100m from the Poplar House, in front of the organic orchard and a small creek.
The Mountain Villa
Located on a slope 1km from the Poplar House, the Mountain Villa has 2 double rooms and an open loft overlooking the living room, one subdivided bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. Enjoy views of the native forest, lakes and mountains on the wooden deck, and walk to the waterfall 3 minutes away or join one of the many trekking trails.
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