Estancia Peuma Hue, meaning “the place of dreams” in the native Mapuche language, is the incarnation of a dream. The owner, Evelyn Hoter, had always believed that she would find a place bringing together an inspiring natural environment and the tools needed to enhance one’s health, peaceful existence, and meaning of life. Upon discovering the land that was to become Peuma Hue she was overcome with a deep bodily truth confirming that she had found her inspiration.
Building our "place of dreams"
With a history of abuse and abandonment, the amazing property was now given the tools needed to return to its organic roots. Evelyn and her team of fellow environmentally-friendly-minded staff took to removing the non-native rosa mosqueta (rose hip) plant that was attempting to take over the previously degraded valley within the estate. It was understood that to help the land, flora and fauna return to its natural state, all of the rehabilitation needed to be done by hand. The team went to work removing the thorny bush inch by inch, eventually providing a place of rejuvenation and growth for the native plants. Fast-forward to today and the property is a lush landscape of indigenous plants such as coihue, lenga and ñire trees, and a place of serenity for native animals like the Andean condor, cauquén goose or black faced ibis. A large organic garden was also created to provide guests with vibrant meals freshly harvested from the Patagonian soil.
In addition to supporting the natural habitat, Evelyn and her staff also promoted the local handcrafted specialty of log and stone architecture into the atmosphere of Estancia Peuma Hue. With the help of local artisans each log that came from local sustainable forestry plantations was carved by hand, the wrought iron used for interior decoration was molded by hand and each stone was hand-picked and came mostly from local slides. The remodeling of a forgotten shack, construction of the well-thought out luxurious villas and creation of a stone non-denominational Temple brought the initial dream to fruition.
With the flourishing landscape and impressive accommodations ready for guests, Evelyn and the staff of Estancia Peuma Hue turned their attention to creating a personalized unforgettable experience for each visitor. From the flavorful organic meals to 5-star quality rooms, from guided horseback trips that take you into the gardens of paradise to lush forests that provide an awe-inspiring landscape for hiking. From kayaking the turquoise water of Lake Gutiérrez to an atmosphere that promotes love, friendship and great times, Estancia Peuma Hue is our slice of heaven on earth and the perfect place to experience the joys of Patagonia!
And yet there is more to it – intangible – that has to do with warmth, sharing, thoughtfulness, Beauty, Peacefulness, Joy and Spiritual aspects. For each person it is different and this is something we respect the most. We try to tap into what each one needs, trying to provide a meaningful time and making a little difference. So many guests and visitors refer to this place as “being in another world”. We integrate environmental care, foster health, higher consciousness and social awareness. This “offer” has to be within our values; opening what we treasure and love in a sustainable and meaningful way, creating a positive impact around. We at Peuma Hue live in a paradise of beauty, clean waters that are still safe to drink from its sources, pristine forests that host a number of varieties of plant and animal life. We want this to be enjoyed for generations to come, so whatever I wish to offer and open to others, needs to be within this understanding. And this leads to moderation, to the essence of what is valuable, to thoughtfulness, consciousness and education.
We also want to gravitate in the community so over the years we´ve co-founded, participated and fostered lots of local associations engaged in sustainable tourism, ecotourism, environmental and social responsibility issues.
We are internationally renowned for providing meaningful life events; as reported in the press. We were chosen as one of the best 30 Eco-Lodges in the world; as the best Sustainable Luxury Tourism company in Latin America; in Trip Advisor we are among the first in popularity in Bariloche and the last 2 years we won their Travelers´ Choice award among their best small hotels in Argentina and South America; we were selected as one of the 14 best haciendas in South America, as a one of the best 10 healthy retreats, as a “green” destination and as one of the 17 best hotels in Argentina.