Corral del Agua
At Currarehue, about 40 kilometers east of Pucón, a narrow gravel road leads northeast toward Reigolil, and at about the 14-kilometer point an even narrower road dead-ends 11 kilometers later at Corral del Agua, a small private nature reserve and lodge that organizes hiking and horseback excursions into the much larger backcountry of Reserva Nacional Villarrica, along the Argentine border.
One of Corral del Agua’s most impressive sights is the Salto Malal-co, a waterfall that spills vertically over a columnar basalt wall that compares favorably with California’s Devil’s Postpile. There’s abundant birdlife, including nesting condors and many lacustrine and riverine species.
For information on programs and accommodations, contact Corral del Agua (tel. 098/3989774, www.corraldelagua.cl). On the same property, The Lodge (General Urrutia 123, Pucón, tel. 045/441029, cell 098/9206749) is an autonomous enterprise that focuses on climbing in particular.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Chile, 2nd edition