Best Volcano & Lake View-Unforgettable Dream Home

Gracias a la Vida
Gracias a la VidaAmor del Lago Cabana ViewVolcan Villarrica from Our HouseLiving Room and Lake ViewFully-equipped KitchenDining RoomVolcano Entertainment CenterMapuche Master BedroomMaster Bath ShowerMaster BathroomMaster Bedroom ArtSunflower RoomPoppy RoomGuest BathroomVolcano in Chilean SpringSunset from Our Rooftop DeckRooftop Terrace Dining Table
Ruta 199, Pucon, undefined, Chile



Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps 7
Per week $1,500 - $2,250
Type: Home
Description of the Pucon vacation home rental
GRACIAS A LA VIDA is a charming, one-of-a-kind, vacation paradise that dances with color and light. Our home is named after the famous Violeta Parra folk song, "Thanks to Life!" Perched dramatically atop a pastoral hill 3 miles outside of Pucon, in the foothills of the majestic Villarrica Volcano. Gaze to the north at sparkling 16-mile-long Lake Villarrica, end to end. Look south toward an immediate, unobstructed view of the volcano. Curved, faux painted walls in bright, elemental colors; convex, sweeping ceilings; gleaming copper sinks; colorful indigenous art in every room; comfortable furniture; and all of the modern conveniences of home. The furnishings and art are indigenous-inspired, and include photos and art gathered from the owners'travels. Gorgeous flowers, lovely native landscaping, fruit trees, rooftop terrace with jetted spa, typical Chilean grill, wood-fired pizza oven.

[ASK ALSO about our brand-new, secluded cabana, AMOR DEL LAGO, which can accomodate 4 guests in beds, plus a single, high inflatable bed. Fabulous lake view, amenities. $200/night. On the same property.]

The sunlit, pumpkin-colored, Machu Picchu Master Bedroom suite offers a dramatic lake view, sliding doors to a circular brick terrace, walk-in closet, stone double shower, looking out directly at the volcano, with massage and rain heads. The Sunflower Room, in a restful blue, has a queen bed, an equally dramatic vista of the Lake and Mountain backdrop as well as a sliding door to the terrace, and a desk. The Poppy Room, which has both lake and volcano views, is furnished with a twin bed and a desk. Soak in the indoor tub/shower of the guest bathroom (shared by the Sunflower and Poppy rooms) and enjoy a marvelous volcano view as you bathe. The mattresses in all three rooms are super-comfortable, with high-thread-count bedding. An optional, queen-sized, inflatable aero-bed with a foam mattress topper can also be set up in the living room for two additional guests.

The cheery kitchen contains a large copper farmhouse sink, bar sink, breakfast peninsula, quiet dishwasher, microwave, and all the cookware, dishes, and utensils that you might need. Our caretaker family, along with their noble German shepherd, Salomon, our adorable golden retriever puppy, Dulce de Leche, and Garfield, the cat, live below and across the driveway from our home.

The perfect getaway while enjoying the wide array of activities in the spectacularly scenic Chilean Lake District. Enjoy hiking in the beautiful nearby national parks, rafting the Trancura River, climbing or skiing the volcano, and soaking in a local hot spring (if you can tear yourself away from our Symphonic Wave Seat, super-jetted roofop VitaSpa). Visit one of the dozens of restaurants in Pucon or dine indoors or out while savoring the most panoramic view Pucon has to offer, right from our rooftop terrace. After a magical sunset, gaze at the entire Milky Way, the Southern Cross, and other constellations of the Southern Hemisphere. Listen to the sounds of the native bandurrias (geese) and, if you are fortunate, green parrots will land in the trees just outside the bedroom windows.

Pucon has limitless possibilities for recreation and enjoyment. When you want to return to your home away from home, treat yourself to a massage or yoga class just ten minutes away in Pucon. Relax on the deck, day or night, in our spa, beneath our ten-foot, lighted umbrella. We can promise an unforgettable stay. You may find that you don't even want to leave the house and the land!

Judyth Reichenberg

Area Information
Pucon is the considered the adventure capital of Chile. Visitors come from around the world to climb the Villarrica Volcano, river raft the Upper or Lower Trancura River, sea kayak, enjoy the 2.5-mile-long sandy beach, dine at over 30 Pucon restaurants, shop at the craft markets and boutique shops, enjoy the local casino, and visit Volcanic Caves. Day trips include several beautiful, forested National Parks, ten natural hot springs and spas, and vistas of other volcanos and glaciers. Pucon is two and a half hours from the Argentine border, two hours from the Pacific Ocean beaches, and a five-hour drive from Puerto Montt. Whether your passion is the wind in your face as you ski down a volcano, savoring Chilean delicacies or handmade chocolates, soaking in a hot spring, or stargazing at the expansive Southern Hemisphere sky, you will find Pucon and Gracias a La Vida enchanting and welcoming..


Property Rates

Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
May 01 2016 Dec 14 2016 - - $1,500 - 1 Week
Dec 14 2016 Feb 28 2017 - - $2,250 - 1 Week
Mar 01 2017 Apr 30 2017 - - $2,000 - 1 Week
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.
Lodging tax: None
Deposits: Refundable Damage Deposit: $500
Payment Options: Mastercard, PayPal, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: $100 cleaning fee paid to caretakers. Stays of 5 days may be possible off-season. Ask about our one couple discount. Monthly Rates: Negotiable between 5/1/12 and 11/1/12


Owner Supplied Testimonials

Guest: Javier and Lori(Houston, TX)
Date of Stay: 02/16/10 Review Submitted: 02/16/10

Our stay at Gracias a La Vida was wonderful. It's hard to describe the beauty that we saw. Before we arrived, we read that the pictures of the house do not do it justice. We can also confirm that. There are very few places where you can stay and see a snowcapped volcano from your door step and see a vast lake from your patio. The house is very comfortable and open. The hot tub on the roof is a great reward after a long day. The caretakers are very welcoming and also respect your privacy. Gracias a La Vida is amazing! We highly recommend it.

Guest: April P.
Date of Stay: 01/29/10 Review Submitted: 01/29/10

What a wonderful place to spend a weeks vacation. Location is magical, views breath taking, furnishing colorful and comfortable. It is probably the BEST private house to stay, in the Pucon area. You won't be disappointed if you decide to stay here.

Guest: B. and C. Allen
Date of Stay: 08/21/09 Review Submitted: 08/21/09

We stayed at Gracias a la Vida for a month. It was a wonderful experience for our family of four. My little boys loved to play outside, they loved the dogs, and they especially loved Raquel, the caretaker. The house is warm and comfortable and we did not want for anything. The linens were wonderful, after traveling around the world. The kitchen is well stocked with sharp knives and wonderful dishes. The view is absolutely amazing. The volcano. The lake. The volcano. The lake We enjoyed our stay so much in Pucon that we are moving there this fall. Thank you, Judyth and Bob, for sharing your wonderful house and all of your inside information. Our trip was a success!

Guest: Kathleen and Stephen P.
Date of Stay: 04/18/09 Review Submitted: 04/18/09

Please enter this on your guest comments: Our stay in Pucon was like a dream! This home is truly as beautiful as it gets, warmly and meticulously decorated with all of the amentities (roof-top hot tub, gourmet kitchen,etc) AND an extraordinary view to boot. We LOVED our 2-week stay at Gracias a La Vida. We got so familiar with our volcano that we decided we HAD to climb it....what an adventure!! We highly recommend this for any visitors. Pucon is a fabulous, little tourist town and you just don't get tired of walking its little streets, sitting in its cafes or dining at its many restaurants. Carlos and Raquel are always around to help with anything you might need, and the dogs are always happy to greet you! We stayed for two weeks in March and the weather was perfect almost the entire time! Thank you so much for sharing your Chilean home with us....

by Owner

Guest: Hal and Allison
Date of Stay: 04/11/09 Review Submitted: 04/11/09

"My wife and I spent 2 months traveling in Patagonia before coming to Pucon. We needed to relax and take a break. When we found Gracias a la Vida we knew it would be perfect. First of all, it is stunningly beautiful. The setting, with the lake in front and the snow-capped volcano behind, is incredible. The house is designed to compliment the natural beauty, inside and out. Secondly, the owners have provided everything you need to instantly feel at home. It is more than comfortable - it has luxury features that are not over-the-top, but simply encourage you to be still and use the precious time to restore one's soul. Give yourself this gift!"

Guest: Elaine and Bret T.
Date of Stay: 01/16/09 Review Submitted: 01/16/09

Hi Judyth, Please add to your guest comments: It's hard to describe the absolute wonder of this Chilean home. The views from the house of the beautiful lake and awesome volcano are breathtaking. The deck on the top of the house provided a relaxing way to start the day with breakfast and end the day with the splendor of the skies, including the Milky Way and other constellations, not to mention the shooting stars all while enjoying the jacuzzi. The house itself was truly a cultural experience and full of life and color. We had a BBQ several nights and thoroughly enjoyed the company of your gracious caretakers (and loved the dogs). Day trips to Pucon to wander around the town and adventure trips zip lining and rafting were enjoyed by all. If the occasion presents itself again, I would stay at this wonderful home away from home in a heart beat. Thank you for letting us share your home and make many wonderful memories in Gracias a La Vida!!

Guest: Elizabeth R.
Date of Stay: 01/07/09 Review Submitted: 01/07/09

We spent Christmas at Gracias a La Vida for 2008 and had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, with gorgeous views of the lake and volcano(especially at sunset from the rooftop hot tub). The property manager was incredibly helpful. The peace is wonderfully balanced with the proximity to town. This is one of the best places we have ever stayed, can't recommend it enough.

Guest: PB
Date of Stay: 04/08/08 Review Submitted: 04/08/08

Our vacation to "Gracias a la Vida" was a Chilean adventure beginning with your stunning home. Its appreciable architecture is jaw dropping inside and out. The location of the property has almost make-believe scenery. It's quiet, very private, a little off the beaten path with absolutely unobstructed, magnificent views. It's a very special hide-away. Not only did we find your home enchanting, but also we found that "peaceful place to be in life". We left Pucon with new friends, lots of adventure under our belts, an enriched spirit and definitely the need to follow through with more Spanish lessons for our return one day.

Guest: M Family
Date of Stay: 01/03/08 Review Submitted: 01/03/08

Thank you so much for having us in your lovely home! We so enjoyed having access to town while feeling miles away from our busy lives. It was easy to have a restful, restorative vacation surrounding by the lake, the volcano, and your beautiful art work. We wish you many happy years in this lovely place!"

Guest: G. Family, Manchester, MA
Date of Stay: 01/03/07 Review Submitted: 01/03/07

It has been completely spectacular. What an honor to initiate this guestbook! We have reveled in this beautiful place, enjoying every aspect of your thoughtfully-designed home and the environs of Pucon. Thank you x 10 to the sixth! ... The caretakers have been so helpful. "Perhaps this is the house I lived in when neither I nor earth existed, when all was moon or stone or darkness, when still light was unborn. I want to tell you how much I loved your Chilean home. I don't want to seem melodramatic, but meditating on the pillows by the open front window was a truly sacred experience. The air there is somehow different - maybe it's just that it's clean, and so quiet. Wonderful. Thank you. We got climb to the volcano and visit forests and rivers. The weather was perfect.

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