Cascada de las Animas is a converted ranch/farm (apparently they used to grow walnuts - there are mature walnut trees everywhere and a basket of them in the room) in a lovely setting. It is a large complex, with camping, cabins and a luxury lodge. I stayed at the latter. For $200 a night, I felt like the queen of Sheba. I recommend them highly. I think it's worth the extra money, if you've got it (I can't afford anything like this in the US or Europe, so I loved the pampering.) The lodge cabins look like Fred Flintstone meets the Hobbits. They are fanciful and comfortable. The lodge has it's own private pool, complete with Felipe bringing you beverages. I was there for two days and never saw more than one other couple there. (Downside - the pool looks unfinished and wasn't heated when I was there, making it too cold for more than a quick dip.) There were also shaded hammocks, where I spent a lot of time. The breakfast that came with the room (I think this is lodge-only) was great - lots of fresh fruit and eggs to order. There are lots of activities - horseback riding, rafting, kayaking and zip-lining, but my Spanish is pretty limited and I didn't want to try anything where I might get hurt if I didn't understand the instructions. I went on the hike to the waterfall, which was lovely. I wish I could have gone on my own, but i understand why they want to keep it supervised. It could get pretty crowded and rowdy otherwise.
The downside was the service in the restaurant. I was happy to forgive them, because I wasn't in a hurry and the food was good, but it was insanely bad. The server didn't want to clear the riverside table, so she tried to make us sit inside, where the disco from the wedding room was too loud. Don't eat at the restaurant unless you have a couple of hours before a scheduled activity - they're not quick.
Note: There are other restaurants nearby.
I took the bus from the Metro station. I loved taking a $1.50 bus to a lux resort. I took the collectivo back to the metro. It was $3.00 and faster (2 hours door-to-door in downtown Santiago), but less comfortable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cascada de las Animas is a full service eco-tourism resort located in a natural paradise of over 3700 hectares of rugged mountains and valleys, rivers, springs and waterfalls. Only 60 kilometers from Santiago Chile, you will find a wide assortment of delightful cabins, rooms, hostel accommodations, a full service restaurant, swimming pool and more, all located in a park-like setting. Guided horseback riding, whitewater rafting, trekking, wine tasting excursions and other activities are available year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cascada De Las Animas Hotel San Alfonso
- Cascada De Las Animas Chile/San Alfonso