A See-Through Shell Gives This Tiny Cabin in Chile Endless Views of Woods and Sky

A See-Through Shell Gives This Tiny Cabin in Chile Endless Views of Woods and Sky

By Marni Elyse Katz / Photos by Cristóbal Palma
This weekend getaway on a reserve in central Chile is just 580 square feet, but the entire forest is its living room.

It was the condors that did it. Gloria Montalva, a salon owner from Santiago, wasn’t necessarily looking for a sign during her second visit to La Invernada, a reserve in the foothills of central Chile. She’d already decided to buy property in this dense forest, located some 150 miles south of the capital. However, when she spotted a pair of condors at the summit of Cerro Pelado, Gloria knew there was no turning back. "It may sound clichéd, but I’m super mystical," she says. "I’m also impulsive—by my third visit I had signed the papers for the purchase."

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