Hotel Review: Lago Verde Wilderness Resort

Trip Start Dec 02, 2008
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Trip End Dec 26, 2008


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Friday, December 26, 2008

Lago Verde Wilderness Resort, Los Alerces National Park
http://www.hosteriaselaura.com

El Aura Hosteria are the cabanas (cabins) at the Lago Verde Wilderness Resort, a camping concession within the northern section of Los Alerces National Park. The cabanas are located in a beautiful setting facing trees and Lago Verde.

The cabanas at El Aura are spacious, modern and very comfortable. The two bedroom cabanas have a large open area with a couch and fireplace, table and chairs, mini refrigerator and sink and two modern bathrooms. They are warmly decorated with wood and stone and large picture windows looking out onto trees and Lago Verde. You can get a feel for El Aura from our photos.

This year, they completed new one bedroom cabanas; these units share a wall with another one bedroom unit. We were in our one bedroom cabana for a few minutes when we noticed that we could hear the conversation of the other couple in the adjoining unit. They were very accommodating and agreed to move us to a cabana that was standalone. It turns out these are two bedroom cabins. Make sure when you make your reservation that even if you are a couple that you have the free standing two bedroom cabanas, with the second bedroom door locked. Management is aware that they have a noise problem with the shared units and since they had an open cabana during our stay, it was not an issue to move us.

Meals are served in the restaurant with large picture windows that face onto the lake. It is a warm comfortable environment to enjoy the well-prepared food. Breakfast and dinner was included in our daily rate. We ordered sandwiches and water for picnic lunches.

In early December, the lodge is very quiet. There is a small staff and they are very friendly, helpful and caring people and will do whatever they can do to make it a pleasant place to experience. For example, we told them in advance that Harvey is lactose intolerant and they had milk without lactose. The staff are warm and welcoming and were very patient with us as we practice our Spanish and help us with words!

With all these creature comforts, it is easy to forget that El Aura is located in a very remote place, 70 km from Esquival and about 240 km from Bariloche. Given that it is so remote and that it has been built makes this place remarkable! Because it is so remote, you have to be prepared for certain things. Their laundry is sent to Esquival and not done on-premises. The lights in the bathroom were not fixed during the five nights we were here and that it takes an hour to fill the bathtub. The shower pressure is Ok. The place is very clean. The creativity of chef is very good from the perspective of execution and preparation; the meat is not the best cut. In general, food is very well prepared.

From an activities perspective, you have to know what you are going to do and come prepared with your own guidebooks. No one is going to review the options with you each day and make recommendations as we have had at other wilderness lodges. That being said, the manager, on our first day did make a suggestion of a walk to an overlook and offered a boat ride around Lago Verde, both of which we really enjoyed. After giving your reservation deposit, request that they email you some activity options. They provided information about hiking excursions; the materials were in English whereas the tour operator's website is entirely in Spanish.

Some other comments:
You can have all the privacy you want.
Bring cash to settle up your bill at the end of your stay.

There is a refrigerator in the cabana. Bring snacks or any drinks you may want from a market in El Bolson or Bariloche, since it is so nice to just relax and lounge there.

We are glad that we visited before the busy season as you share the section of Lago Verde with campsites and we are not sure what that does to the feeling of quiet and calm along the lake.

Read more about our experience in the surrounding area of Los Alerces National Park:
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/journeyer/2/1228897800/tpod.html?tweb_UID=journeyer
Be sure to read days 7-12

Read about tips on visiting Los Alerces National Park:
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/journeyer/2/1229178120/tpod.html

Read about Lake District Itinerary and Planning Resources:
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/journeyer/2/1228834500/tpod.html
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