El Pangue Lodge
YOUR HOME IN PATAGONIA
Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia, with a backdrop composed of mountains and Risopatrón lake, El Pangue is an oasis of calm, welcoming visitors with unparalleled hospitality. Built with fine hardwoods from the area by local carpenters and artisans from the towns of Puyuhuapi and La Junta, this Lodge represents the kindness and hospitality that characterizes the people of these distant lands.
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EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL LIFE BY EATING LIKE A LOCAL
Meals served at the Lodge aim to replicate the Patagonian experience, mixing authentic Chilean cuisine with rustic local products. The food is richly combined with the best Chilean wines, with a wide selection that reflects the very best that our country have to offer, perfect for any meal and occasion.
El Pangue History
How the adventure began
Heidi and Ramiro (founders of El Pangue Lodge):
In February 1985 we came with three of our children (Andrés, 6 years old, Cristián, 3 years old, and Javiera, 8 months old, Sebastián the youngest, not yet born) to visit the Carretera Austral. The road was very precarious (very narrow and rough) and we broke all our tires, but we still loved it and saw a place full of opportunities for enterprising people, like us. Our families tenaciously opposed the idea that was born to us, because they found it crazy and we would also lose our good jobs in Santiago because of this adventure. We decided to return in winter 1985 and stay a week in Puyuhuapi to see what we found and how terrible that winter was with which our families threatened us to give up. The idea was to find a place to start our dream together. We had a fantastic time ... a week of sun, but quite cold. We felt that the area was calling us, no rain and stormy winds and we had even found a few hectares with a beach in the Puyuhuapi fjord. We made a purchase agreement between the civilian of Puyuhuapi and we paid a part. On October 23, 1985, only Ramiro left with our things to settle in our new home, after driving from Santiago along the precarious routes of the Carretera Austral, we were surprised that they could no longer sell us the plot, because his relatives were They had opposed, so they returned the money and gave us a couple of heifers to compensate us for the loss. It was like a bucket of cold water ... We continued with the search for the rest of the summer, when in February 1986 we were able to sign the deed for the purchase of a farm on the north shore of Lake Risopatrón, owned by Ernesto Ludwig's succession of the first settlers from Puyuhuapi.
Time line with most important events
- In December 1987 we had our first guests, who were from Hoechst Chemistry. The dining room was warm with a wood burning stove, but the kitchen had no glass in the windows, only the window frames were covered in plastic. Our food got cold and Heidi cooked with a wool hat because of the cold. Ramiro and the children acted as waiters and kitchen helpers.
- Then in 1995 we installed a hydraulic turbine, with which we achieved electrical autonomy and finally in 1997 we decided to build the heated pool together with the two jacuzzis and a sauna. All this with great economic efforts and ingenuity to achieve what we had in mind with the precarious means that we had.
- In all these following years we have dedicated ourselves to maintaining and improving infrastructure and services, because tourism here is still very stationary and low, due to the problems of road and maritime connectivity that we have with Puerto Montt. Also how immensely expensive it is to educate four children away from home. Now they are all professionals. We hope you enjoy and appreciate what we have managed to build in this remote place in Chilean Patagonia.
Ramiro and Heidi