HOT CHILE

Five Star Kids - - WWW. FIVESTARKIDSMAGAZINE.COM. AU - Words An­gela Spil­io­takos

When it comes to fam­ily travel, it can often be hard to switch things up and find some­thing dif­fer­ent. En­ter Hacienda Ho­tel Vira Vira in Pucón, Chile – a coun­try which is one of the hottest des­ti­na­tions of the mo­ment. You’ll find Vira Vira in lush park­lands, on the banks of Li­u­cura River, with views of the Vil­lar­rica vol­cano. The hacienda-ho­tel com­plex op­er­ates a 40-hectare farm which means plenty of fresh and healthy pro­duce for you and your chil­dren.

In terms of child-friendly, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, Vira Vira has it cov­ered:

HORSE­BACK RID­ING One of the es­tate’s most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties is horse­back rid­ing. Ex­cur­sions through the Cordilleras and the Na­tional Park of Vil­lar­rica al­low fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence the Chilean land­scape and take in the spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain views in a spe­cial way.

A DAY ON THE FARM Vira Vira of­fers guests the chance to spend a day ex­plor­ing the farm. Fam­i­lies can learn about har­vest­ing corn and how the dairy works, meet their favourite an­i­mals, and even make their own cheese, yo­ghurt, jam and juices.

CHILEAN RODEO A lo­cal rodeo guar­an­tees plenty of fun for all ages. Fam­i­lies can mar­vel at the horse­man­ship of the Hua­sos (Chilean cow­boys), as well as learn about one of the cul­ture’s most fas­ci­nat­ing pas­times. Kids are also en­cour­aged to give it a go them­selves.

EX­PLOR­ING NA­TURE The grounds them­selves are ripe with na­tive flora and fauna, but staff are also able to or­gan­ise bike tours, treks, bird­watch­ing, trea­sure hunts and ex­cur­sions to ex­plore vol­canic caves and ther­mal springs.

CUL­TURAL AC­TIV­I­TIES Vira Vira’s staff members love pre­sent­ing their guests with slices of Chile’s his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural nu­ances. Creative ac­tiv­i­ties such as art classes help vis­i­tors to both learn new skills and ex­plore their artis­tic side.

Kids are also able to take ad­van­tage of Vira Vira’s four-day pro­gramme which in­cludes river tours, trea­sure hunts, fish­ing and other child-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties (min­i­mum of four chil­dren per ses­sion).

www.hotelvi­ravira.com To dis­cover Cen­tral Amer­ica go to:

www.hol­i­dayswith­kids.com.au/ FSK/ex­pe­ri­ences/gra­cias-mex­ico

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