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A Waterfall Cascades Down This Lush Mountain Lodge

So magical it could be mistaken for Middle Earth.

Staying at the Magic Mountain Lodge nestled deep in the Huilo Huilo Private Natural Reserve in Chile is like stepping into a hobbit castle, or one inhabited by whimsical wood-sprites.

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True to its name, this boutique hotel is built from locally-sourced wood and stone in the conical shape of a volcano, covered in lush moss and complete with flowing water “lava” streaming down the exterior walls.

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Given its enchanting appearance, it’s really saying something that this one-of-a-kind hotel is almost upstaged by its surroundings – the pristine, verdant Patagonian rainforest, filled with a number of native bird species (after which each of the hotel’s nine rooms are named) and a teeny-tiny, impossibly cute species of deer called pudús.

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Embark on an outdoor adventure like horseback riding, rafting or hiking, play mini-golf on a course built right into the forest, and end the day by soaking in a hot tub hollowed out of a giant tree trunk. It’s about as close to magic as a non-hobbit can get.

(All images: Magic Mountain Lodge)

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