La Confluencia is located in Patagonia, Argentina, approximately 1½ hour’s drive south of the international airport at San Carlos de Bariloche. This is the Northern Lakes District of Patagonia and is renowned for its scenery: throughout the drive majestic snow covered peaks border turquoise blue lakes for literally miles on end. The Lodge, comprising 700 private acres, nestles in a remote mountain valley within the 150,000 acre Rio Azul Protected Wilderness Area. Lush native forests and the ever present sounds of the cascading Azul and Encanto Blanco rivers define this place.
Recreational activities such as trekking, mountain biking, and horseback riding are available directly from the Lodge itself, thus eliminating transfers of any kind. In this way, the lodge serves as a base for visits to six nearby mountain refuges or for whitewater kayaking and rafting excursions that depart from our private beach on the Rio Azul.
Access to La Confluencia is by a narrow mountain road, the final 2 kms of which are strictly 4 wheel drive, horseback, or by foot. Crossing the river Encanto Blanco, by fording or by footbridge, brings one to the Lodge itself. In keeping with the tenets of responsible tourism and in order to reduce environmental impact, overnight stays are limited to a maximum group size of 14 people.
The Lodge was designed specifically for small interactive groups (families, friends, corporate retreats) and places an emphasis on shared common spaces: evenings typically are spent together either around the fireplace, on the upstairs deck overlooking the river, or at the spa area relaxing after the day’s activities. Accommodations are limited to 7 rooms, most of which share bath facilities in order to maximize environmental efficiency.
A short pathway through the woods connects the Lodge to the Spa Area with its wood-fired log sauna, cold plunge, and two outdoor cedar hot tubs all surrounded by a native hardwood deck with impressive views of the Azul River gorge some 200 feet directly below. Massage rooms, a yoga/relaxation room with radiant floor heat, dressing rooms, and showers are adjacent.
All meals are prepared with organic products from the Confluencia farm: vegetables, fresh milk, eggs, meats, and hearty breads from whole grains harvested and stone-ground at the farm.
The Lodge was conceived of, and built, as a model of sustainable construction. The plastered hay bale walls create a super-insulated building, cool in summer, warm in winter. Lumber was sawn onsite from local wind fallen cedar timber. Sidewalks and fireplaces are of local stone. All energy is from renewable sources: electricity for lighting and heating is generated by a small on site hydro-electric turbine, gas for cooking is produced by a methane digester which processes organic wastes, and a managed woodlot provides firewood for supplemental heating needs.
While the development of our farming and gardening techniques, building practices, and alternative energy sources were primarily the result of adaptations made necessary by our remote location, many visitors find them to be of great practical interest. With this in mind, educational lectures and courses on these subjects are available for scheduling throughout the season.
Thus, we invite guests for a vacation visit where luxury accommodations combine naturally with adventure activities, spa facilities, wholesome organic meals, and opportunities to gain useful, practical knowledge regarding sustainable living.
La Confluencia is a project of the Land Ethic Action Foundation, a California 501(c)3. All revenues generated by visitor programs go to furthering the Foundation’s local sustainability initiatives.