Want to wake up under a waterfall in the middle of a South American forest? It can be a good deal drier and comfier than you think.
Deep in the South Chilean forests of Huilo Huilo is a large conical mound covered in foliage, water cascading down its sides, a rope bridge strung from its higher reaches and windows peeping through the greenery.
Named the Montaña Mágica Lodge, it appears a cross between a fountain, hobbit hole, volcano and four-star hotel. Inside it’s all roughly hewn tree trunks, spiralling stairs, rustic decor and strange angles. There are 13 rooms, as well as space for a bar, restaurant, kids room, sauna and um…mini golf.
Meanwhile, the lodge looks out on lush forest, inhabited by toucans, eagles and lizards and up to the beautiful Arenal Volcano.