In North Chilean Patagonia, 348,000-acres of extreme natural beauty command native forests unique to the world at Hacienda Pucheguin. This lost paradise of unparalleled natural beauty is made up of a universe of forests, rivers, lakes, granite peeks and trees as old as time.
Pucheguin's colonial homestead is 621 miles south of Santiago and 74 miles from Bariloche, home to descendants from the region's first colonial settlers. These simple, happy and hospitable people live in harmony with nature in this unique pocket of paradise bound by rolling hills, water and pastoral farm land of sheep, cattle and horses. An oxygen lung for the planet, Hacienda Pucheguin is the only place in the world that affords visitors the privilege of hiking along trails lined with incredible hardwood that, despite the passage of time, remains hard and water resistant so much so that much of the area's original buildings made from it are still standing.
Welcomed by the richness fresh air from the forests, the land's beauty is captivating and deep. Enveloped in a primitive world, the estate is home to the largest and longest living tree species of over 3,500 years in South America, the Patagonian Cyprus. High rainfall in the rainforest has favored the formation and growth of a variety of mosses, trees, foliage and more. The slopes of the terrain are carved out by rain and cattle trails to help give a taste of extreme adventure and breathtaking scenery.
Deeper into the dense woodland valley, more of the estate's natural wonders appear underlining in the spectacular wilderness of Hacienda Pucheguin, filled with natural pools, waterfalls and rivers flanked by towering peeks and imposing walls of bare granite. Year after year, climbing enthusiasts from around the world travel to the surrounding mountains the area known as La Junta in Cochamó to test their skills on some of the best climbing walls in the planet, and often touted as the Yosemite of South America.
The essence of this paradise in Chile provides buyers with boundless possibilities to conserve, develop and enjoy this truly unique area. The privileged location is excellent for tourist activities, including skiing, fishing, trekking, kayaking, horse riding, rock climbing and more. With the construction of the new international highway linking Argentina and Chile, more travelers will be able to visit and relish one of the world's last genuine examples of wilderness.
The history of the Hacienda Pucheguin is as exciting as its geography and is closely linked to the history of the conquest of Chile by the Spaniards. In the year 1558, the writer and author of the famous ‘La Araucana', Don Alonso de Ercilla, together with García Hurtado de Mendoza discovered the Estuary of Relancaví, where they met two indigenous tribes, the Poyas and the Huilliches, who made their living from horticulture, hunting and fishing. They marveled at the abundance of rich natural resources hidden in the area and their strategic geographical location.