4 horses, 3 gringos, two dogs and a huaso

January 16, 2012
January 16, 2012 Matt

4 horses, 3 gringos, two dogs and a huaso

Last December I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days at The Tunuman lodge in Colchagua

The owners, Will and Carolina are a charming couple, who welcome you as if you were part of the family. The rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean with lovely linen and fluffy towels.

Will and Carolina do all the cooking themselves and the food is good home cooked and certain to satisfy you after a days adventures. If you get the krill cakes, they are wonderful.

We went fly fishing, Will is an expert and knows the best spots. Within minutes he had hooked the first Rainbow trout of the session. Even novice first timers like myself, were hooking a few.

There are horse treks up mountains, ten meter waterfalls, where the brave, can jump into refreshing mountain water. There are also trips to thermal springs, and as the lodge is in one of the top ten wine regions in the world (according to Wine Enthusiast magazine) Wine tours can be arranged and fitted to each clients preferences. There are many of Chile’s top wineries within an hours drive.

We did a 6 hour horse trek up a mountain with an expert guide, a true Huaso de campo, born and raised within a few miles of the lodge. He was tough but friendly, and you knew you were in safe hands.

I can highly recommend this as a great place to get away for a few days and discover nature.

I left feeling I had made some new friends, and I will be going back

Our huaso guide leads us through a stream

Tough as iron girders, but very friendly, our guide was born in them thar hills

Will teaches us how to catch a trout with a fly

Ed makes some photos from a super view point

The refreshing pool, dare you jump the 10 meters to it's icy depths?

Will shows us his skills and testicle fortitude

Superb pool back at the lodge, for those too scared to make the jump of fear

Sleep in wonderfully clean and comfortable beds after an action packed day and great meal

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British photographer, living in Chile. Working mainly in the drink industry. Just finished work on third book of wine photos and planning next project

Comments (7)

  1. Matt

    I should just mention, I did do the 10 meter leap of death. I survived and there is video evidence.

  2. Where are the behind the scenes pictures of you with fifty pounds of camera gear while you’re on your house, I want to see 🙂

  3. Matt

    Hahaha yes Kyle, they do exist! Ed who was with us on the trip made some incriminating images of me. Am paying him $100 US per week not to publish! 🙂

  4. Nice Matt! So little is known about that part of the Colchagua Valley. I always wondered why. Now it seems they’re just protecting the great secret of how wonderful it is!
    BTW, the Fly fishing book on the bed in the last shot is an early Origo book!

  5. Matt

    It is an amazing place Margaret. We were not able to get right up the mountains, but I have plans to go back soon.
    I love that fly fishing book, and am going to buy a copy (if it’s still in print) There is certainly a skill in photographing fly fishing almost as much as actually catching fish!

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