Talca, Chile: this tourist lodge is the result of a collaboration of the CODEFF NGO and the TrekkingChile Foundation and is dedicated to promoting respect for nature and sustainability in nature tourism.
Located in Talca, in the centre of the Maule region, the transition zone between the drier mediterranean zone and the wetter valdivian forests further south. For this reason, you can see around 220 species of bird here, most of them within one hours´drive of Talca. The stand-outs are: Chilean Mockingbird, Black-faced Ibis, Dusky-tailed Canastero, Patagonian Sierra Finch and Common Diuca Finch. Some mammals that are easily seen are Coypu and South American Grey Fox.
There are three types of lodging. The Casa Chueca lodge has double or single rooms of different categories with all mod-cons. DiVino is much more luxurious house with a jacuzzi, for those looking for creature comforts and more. Lamalodge is a mountain refuge, a simple cabin far from civilisation for true nature lovers who want to experience the beautiful surroundings. It is easy to see Andean Condor from here.
A small museum on the environment is under construction in the grounds of Casa Chueca and a book is being produced about the flora and fauna of the surrounding area.
Only vegetarian food is served but there are a few restaurants a short drive away.