Private Villa in Patagonia: Paguimalal


Looking for a private retreat in Patagonia for your family or small group? Pucon is the outdoor adventure capital of northern Patagonia. Located in the Chilean Lake District, the city rests on the eastern shore of Villarrica Lake, roughly 10 miles north of the snow-capped Villarrica Volcano.

Overlooking the lake and its forested peninsula, Paguimalal is a private, family-owned estate. The name is a play on the names of the owners’ three children (Paloma, Guillermo, and Matilde) and the Mapuche word for “place”. This is an ideal location for families or groups–up to 14 guests–to gather and enjoy this wild region.


The 7,750-square-foot home rests on 44 acres of green fields, wildlife-friendly flowers, and native forest. A stream feeds the swimming pool and wood-fired hot tub.

The homeowners–Marina and Guillermo–spent their childhood family vacations in Pucon, and first met on one of the lake’s beaches. Pucon is part of their family history: Marina’s family was among the first settlers, and her grandfather opened Pucon’s first hotel.

As they raised their children together, the homeowners dreamt of a vacation home in this area. Over the years, they looked at several pieces of land, but none felt right. Then, miraculously, they were given the chance to acquire the estate of their dreams–a privileged location overlooking the lake and peninsula. Even the volcano summit is visible on a clear day.

The home is accessed by a private road and gate, approximately 10 minutes by car from downtown Pucon. The property is large enough to support two helicopters simultaneously.


Although the home is spacious, guests are charmed by its coziness. The wood-lined interior, multiple fireplaces, and a library of regional photo books draw guests together. Picture windows bathe the rooms in soft light. Gathering spaces are oriented to take advantage of the lake views.

You’ll spend your evenings enjoying prismatic sunsets, relaxing in the garden hot tub, and dining on showcase regional meals. Each dinner is included in your stay, and prepared to your tastes by top local chefs who cook for Paguimalal guests out of deep affection for the homeowners. Beer, soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water are also included.

An experienced kitchen staff prepares daily lunches and breakfasts, included in your stay. An English-speaking concierge is on call to arrange touring and restaurant reservations. Daily housekeeping, with turndown service, is included. Anything you need–from gear rental to on-request laundry service–is tended to expertly.

House Amenities

  • Panoramic lake and peninsula views
  • Living / dining room with large fireplace
  • Professional display kitchen and back-of-house kitchen
  • Second living room with games, 40-inch television, and fireplace
  • Two furnished terraces
  • Organic garden and hen house (fresh daily eggs)
  • Walking trail
  • 30-meter swimming pool (chemical free; cleaned naturally by aquatic plants)
  • Wood-fired hot tub tucked into the trees
  • Sun deck with lounge chairs, sun umbrellas, and bean bag seating
  • Roofed barbecue patio with fireplace / charcoal grill and long-table seating for 18 guests
  • Private access (security gate controlled)

Lodging is also available for support staff.


1 Master Bedroom — Ground floor, super king-size bed (2×2 meters), fireplace, heated floors, walk-in closet, en suite with room with two shower heads and freestanding bathtub. Lake views and private terrace.

3 Guest Bedrooms (three bedrooms of this type) — Ground floor, two full-size beds (1.35×2 meters) combinable to queen bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, closet, lake views. Upper floor mezzanine loft with closet, forest view, and two single beds (0.9×2 meters) combinable to a queen bed.

1 Exterior Suite — Second floor, queen bed, woodturning stove, en suite bathroom. This room is accessed from the exterior of the home.


Pucon is sometimes called the Jackson Hole of South America–a place with natural beauty, a vibrant town center, and dozens of outdoor activity options.

Guests at Paguimalal enjoy privately-guided experiences, tailor-made to their interests, skills, and desired level of activity. Each guide is hand-selected by the homeowners, and most of the excursions are included in your stay*.  Some activities are scheduled in advance, while others can be timed with same-day flexibly.

* Some activities (e.g. fly fishing, helicopter flights, and jet boat use carry an additional surcharge).


During the shoulder and summer months of October to April, guests at Paguimalal can enjoy:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Trekking in the ancient forest, to waterfalls, and on the volcano
  • Via ferrata canyon ascents
  • Waterfall rappelling (canyoning)
  • Zip-line canopy touring
  • Horseback riding (in forests, mountains, or at a Spanish riding school)
  • Rafting and river floats
  • Sailing and sailing lessons
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Hydrospeed (river boarding)
  • Power boating (26-foot Cobalt with seating for 14 guests; water skiing, wake boarding, wake surfing)
  • Day trips to the lake’s volcanic sand beaches
  • Jet boating *
  • Off-road motor biking (for experienced riders)
  • Visit to the volcano’s lava tubes
  • Visits to native Mapuche communities (cultural exchange, weaving, music, and traditional food)
  • Patagonian forest foraging and cooking classes
  • Birding
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Visits to the Cassis chocolate factory, local pubs, or the town’s galleries and boutiques
  • Picnics and s’mores parties
  • Traditional Patagonian barbecues at the home
  • Fly fishing (for trout and salmon) *
  • Helicopter tours of the volcanos *
  • Heli-treking, held-biking, and heli-fishing *
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Visits to the hot springs


In the winter season (May to September) guest options include:

  • Skiing and snowboarding (usually June to September)
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Heli-skiing *
  • Helicopter tours of the volcanos *
  • Randonee / backcountry skiing on the Villarrica Volcano
  • Hiking
  • Visit to the volcano’s lava tubes
  • Visits to the hot springs
  • Yoga and meditation classes
  • Visits to the Cassis chocolate factory, local pubs, or the town’s galleries and boutiques
  • Picnics and s’mores parties
  • Cooking classes and foraging in the Patagonian forest
  • Visits to native Mapuche communities (cultural exchange, weaving, music, and traditional food)

* Some winter activities (e.g. helicopter flights carry an additional surcharge).

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