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Magic Waters Lodge and River of Dreams Basecamp Combo Trip – Chilean Patagonia

March 12, 2019

Chile is a country with beautiful diversity. Running 2,880 miles along the western coast of South America, Chile’s landscape varies from stark deserts in the North to lush forests and snowcapped peaks in the South. Since the 1980’s, the country has developed a reputation as one of the world’s premiere freshwater fly fishing destinations. Experiencing all that Chile has to offer in a single week-long trip is cumbersome and near impossible. For that reason, we highly recommend that anglers extend their stay and consider planning a trip that combines more than one location to get more out of their Patagonia experience. Our friends at Magic Waters offer a terrific 11 night/10 day combination package that is perfect for those looking to enjoy the luxuries of a lodge and the solitude and adventure of a remote and off-the-beaten-path basecamp. This trip combines a 7 night/6 day stay at Magic Waters Lodge where guests can enjoy the amenities and conveniences of a fixed lodge and easy access to fishing areas then seamlessly transfer into the Chilean wilderness to explore untouched, pristine and rugged fisheries at the River of Dreams Basecamp for 4 nights/3 days. This trip is an excellent option for anglers and guests looking to experience all that this area has to offer in a single trip!

Trip Details- Magic Waters Lodge

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat): Arrive at Balmaceda Airport. Here a lodge representative of Magic Waters will meet you at the airport and transfer you one hour to the lodge. Overnight at Magic Waters Lodge.

Day 2-6 (Sun-Thu): Five (5) full days of guided fishing in the greater Coyhaique area with Magic Waters Lodge.

Day 7 (Fri): After an early breakfast you will begin the adventurous journey to the River of Dreams Basecamp. Take a scenic transfer by truck two and a half hours, travel by horseback one and a half hours to the end of the trail where you will then take a jetboat roughly 45 minutes upstream to the riverside Basecamp. Guests typically arrive to the camp by mid-afternoon for lunch then spend the remainder of the day fishing the main stem Rio Blanco and the adjoining spring creek.

Day 8-10 (Sat-Mon): Three (3) full day of guided fishing days at River of Dreams Basecamp.

Day 11 (Tue): Fish until mid-day, have lunch then make the return journey back to Magic Waters Lodge. Arrive to the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 12 (Wed): After breakfast a representative of the lodge will transfer you to the Balmaceda airport for your return flight to Santiago and on to home.


$9,000.00 per person, based on double occupancy

What’s Included:

  • All meals and accommodations
  • All beverages
  • All guided fishing
  • Transfers to and from the airport (Balmaceda – BBA)
  • Fishing license

What’s Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Fishing equipment
  • Trip insurance
  • Fees for extra activities
  • Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
  • Travel insurance


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