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5 Wilderness Retreats in South America

From Chile’s Region of Rivers to Argentine Patagonia, Luxury Defined presents a collection of unique homes in the wilds of South America

South America’s vast natural beauty embraces its contradictions and extremes, stretching 4,750 miles from Colombia’s Caribbean coast to Cape Horn, Chile. It enfolds the great Amazon River and its rainforest—the lungs of our planet—and the driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert. South America wraps its beauty in the fastnesses of vast rainforests, spectacular mountains, canyons, glaciers, and endless miles of coastline. In this edition of Luxury Defined, choose among a lakefront preserve in southern Chile’s “Region of Rivers,” an island escape in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest biome, or own one of the greatest remaining woodlands on Earth—a private 348,000-acre nature reserve in North Chilean Patagonia. Abide in the beauty of nature and a life of limitless adventure.

Patagonian Lake House in Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina

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Surrounded by a cypress and coihue forest, this Patagonian mountain retreat has a front-row view of Lake Gutiérrez and the slopes of Cerro Catedral. The living spaces span 7,642 square feet across three levels. Walls of glass frame the vista of Lake Gutiérrez in the living room, adjacent dining room, and primary suite, with its wood-burning fireplace and private balcony. Farther along are a gourmet kitchen with a lenga wood-beamed ceiling and a library with a lenga-wood door and cypress paneling. A wall of glass separates the indoor pool on the lower level from the outdoor pool with a connecting door that flows out to the hardwood pool deck and lush lakeside gardens planted with fruit and nut trees. Residents have access to Arelauquen Golf & Country Club’s championship golf course, polo club, and 1,359-acre private nature reserve.

Hacienda Pucheguin in Los Lagos, Chile

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Hacienda Pucheguin is a 348,000-acre private reserve of unparalleled natural beauty in North Chilean Patagonia, 74 miles from Bariloche and 621 miles south of Santiago. This one-of-a-kind property offers pristine forests, rivers, lakes, and granite peaks in one of the greatest remaining woodlands on Earth, with boundless possibilities to conserve, develop, and enjoy skiing, rock climbing, fishing, trekking, kayaking, and horseback riding. Hiking trails lead deep into the wilderness. Verdant pasture provides grazing for sheep, cattle, and horses. Natural pools, waterfalls, and 25 miles of riverbank are flanked by towering peaks and imposing walls of granite. Lakes such as Lago Vidal Gormaz offer almost 1,500 acres of crystalline waters ideal for fishing. Climbing enthusiasts from around the world travel to the surrounding mountains and the area known as La Junta in Cochamó, the Yosemite of South America.

Rainforest Retreat in Ilhabela, São Paulo, Brazil 

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Tall walls of glass and big thermal windows enclose and illuminate this contemporary coastal retreat on Ilhabela (Portuguese for “beautiful island”), four miles off the coast of São Paulo state. The home sits on almost half an acre surrounded by Atlantic rainforest. The interiors extend to 4,370 square feet with an additional 2,476 square feet of decks and suspended gardens, and a stunning infinity-edge pool. Inside await the principal living room with high ceilings and five generous en suite bedrooms, including an opulent owners’ retreat with its own balcony. The kitchen, with white marble countertops and custom cabinetry, comes fully kitted with professional-grade stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry. A barbecue space on the pool deck (with a custom-built churrasqueira) provides for alfresco dining and entertaining. A six-vehicle garage rounds out the amenities. Nearby is Ilhabela State Park, a UNESCO-protected Atlantic rainforest preserve.

Palos Verdes House in Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina

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Palos Verdes House is a lodge-style home in Argentine Patagonia. The rusticated fieldstone house sits on 1.14 acres in the exclusive Arelauquen Golf & Country Club with access to a private forest reserve, golf course, and polo club. Renovated in 2016, the home’s sleek interiors were designed with a contemporary aesthetic. Wide flagstone sundecks and a hot tub bask in the mountain views. Further creature comforts include two spacious sitting rooms, a fully kitted contemporary kitchen, dining room, and a built-in barbecue grill. Accommodations include five expansive bedrooms, three with en suite bathrooms, and two with a shared bathroom. The guest house offers an additional en suite bedroom, a guest bathroom, kitchenette, and small attic bedroom above the sitting room. Adjoining the guest house is a staff room and a garage. The Arelauquen Golf & Country Club is a playground for four-season recreation, with a championship golf course, polo facility, and tennis center. Cerro Catedral, the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, is just nine miles away.

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This vast wilderness escape has a breathtaking setting in the Valdivia province of southern Chile. Included in the offering are virgin forests, a private lagoon, two rivers, and a 2.5-mile stretch of shoreline along Lake Pirihueico, a deep glacial lake and inland waterway surrounded by Andean peaks. The property has development potential and includes several access roads, making it ideal as a private estate, commercial operation for fishing, boating, or water sports, or as a nature conservancy. The property is in the heart of Los Rios, “Region of Rivers,” renowned for its pristine waters, native forests, glaciers, and volcanoes, including Choshuenco-Mocho.