I returned to El Mirador de Guadal a year after I visited them for the last time and wondered if the high standards, once put in place, were still there. And I was not let down. It looks like the owner is really investing his money in keeping everything to the highest standards and he is further improving services and activities. He told me he expanded his number of horses to 5, to accommodate guests who like to go horseback riding. He also invested in a small sail boat and told me that the yet boats, operated by Philipe have now gone to 4, allowing for real adventure trips over the Leon River and more quiet ones over lake Bertrand, both going to the glaciers. The owner has expanded and improved activities that guests can do on their own, without guide, such as beautiful hikes to the waterfalls, the forgotten mine and the petrified sea shells.
While we were there we enjoyed two great "asados" (barbecues) with a large variety of fish, meat and chicken, complemented with fresh salads and tomatoes, all picked 10 minutes before being served from their own green house.
Lodging itself at El Mirador de Guadal is the real catch, because all rooms have an unlimited and private view at the lake and the mountains. Watching the sun rise over these snow-capped mountains and the blue lake early in the morning right from your bed provides an exceptional experience. I have never seen this anywhere else. Spectacular sunsets with amazingly red skies can also be enjoyed from your room, or from the restaurant while enjoying a drink.
As we stayed here at the beginning of autumn, the area was slowly turning from green to yellowish and reddish, which is spectacular. It makes driving around in the area quite an experience in itself.
The place itself is really not bread and breakfast but a full boutique hotel where you will receive privacy, comfort, good food and drinks, great views and – above all – warm and personalized attention from the owner. Keep going in this way, El Mirador de Guadal, and I will come back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Due to its privileged location, personalized service and spacious rooms, El Mirador de Guadal is the ideal lodge for you to discover the southern part of the Carretera Austral. Situated on the southern border of Lake General Carrera all our rooms have a unique view of the turquoise waters of the lake and the glaciers of the Northern Ice Field. Famous natural resources like The Marble Caves, The Exploradores Valley and The Patagonia National Park in the Chacabuco Valley are all about an hour drive away. Being a small lodge we take pride in offering personalized attention, making your stay with us unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Mirador De Guadal Chile/Puerto Guadal