Luxury In The Carrileufu River Valley
The Carrileufu River Lodge is located in the heart of the Carrileufu River Valley near the quaint town of Cholila. This operation is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the terrific fishing opportunities of the region. Storied places like Los Alerces National Park and famed rivers such as the Rivadavia, Arrayanes, Carrileufu, and Chubut are all within easy driving distance. Furthermore, they have quick access to several floats on the Carrileufu River that offer world-class fishing just minutes from the lodge. Anglers can target a variety of trout species on these fantastic fisheries including rainbow, brown and brook trout as well as shots at landlocked Atlantic salmon during key parts of the season. Under the careful guidance of owner, head guide and consummate host Pancho Panzer guests feel immediately at home at this intimate family-run lodge. If you are interested in fishing some of Patagonia’s most famous rivers surrounded by arguably some of Argentina’s most beautiful and diverse landscapes, a visit to Carrileufu River Lodge should be on your list of considerations.
This newly built lodge has all the luxuries one would expect at a world-class fly fishing operation. Guests stay in six (6) roomy well-appointed guest rooms each complete with two (2) queen size beds, private bath and outdoor lounge area overlooking the stunning Carrileufu river valley. After long days on the water, enjoy appetizers with a cocktail or local wine while relaxing around the fireplace in the lodge’s inviting and spacious great room. For those who want to fully take advantage of the lodge amenities, guests can unwind in the sauna and arrange in-house spa services.
Food and Beverages
Cuisine at the lodge focuses on authentic Argentine dishes and a wide range of creative international specialties prepared by their talented chef that are paired with hand-selected local wines. Many of the dishes are served in a true farm-to-table style comprised of locally sourced ingredients including organic grass-fed beef, lamb, and local dairy products. Breakfast is an array of toast, jam, fruits, eggs, bacon, coffee or tea. Lunch will be served riverside and is generally chicken, beef, different cheeses, and salads.
Typical Length of Stay
The typical length of stay is seven (7) nights and six (6) days.
Guided horseback rides, boat tours and hikes in and around Los Alerces National Park as well as cultural trips to the nearby towns of El Bolson and Cholila can be arranged.
Internet / Communications
Reliable Wifi internet service is available for guests throughout the lodge and guest rooms.
How To Get There
Getting to Patagonia is not as difficult as it is time-consuming. Travelers typically take an overnight flight from one of several major cities in the U.S. and arrive in Buenos Aires (Ezeiza International Airport – EZE) in the morning. Guests typically need to overnight in Buenos Aires before flying to Patagonia. From the Buenos Aires domestic airport (Jorge Newbery Domestic Airport – AEP) there are two options to get to the lodge. Based on your travel needs guests can fly to Esquel and transfer 1.5 hours to the lodge or fly to Bariloche and transfer 3 hours to the lodge. Please contact us directly for assistance with airport/hotel transfers and travel logistics within Buenos Aires.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Flights from Buenos Aires to Esquel with Aerolineas Argentinas run 6 days per week and are typically 2.5 hours in duration. The other option is to fly to Bariloche from Buenos Aires which run several times daily and are typically 2 hours and 20 minutes in duration.
Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, and other Western European nations do not need a visa for tourist trips of up to ninety days. You will need a valid passport and will have to fill in an ‘arrival card.’ You will then be given a tourist visa stamp for stays of thirty, sixty, or ninety days. Staple the duplicate of your arrival card into your passport as you will need it to leave the country. If you lose it, it’s rarely a serious problem, but you’ll have to fill out a new form at border control. Upon entering the country, you will also be given a customs declaration form. Duty is not charged on used personal effects, books and other articles for non-commercial purposes, up to a value of US $300. Make sure you declare any valuable electronic items such as laptop computers, as customs officers can be suspicious that you may be bringing them into the country to sell.
Yellow Dog can assist with travel logistics required for your trip and can recommend you to a preferred travel agent who can help you book airline tickets, hotels, transfers, trip insurance, and other travel needs. Contact us at 888-777-5060 for more information.
Guests have access to some of the most astounding public and private fishing waters in the region including the Rivadavia, Arrayanes, Carrileufu and Chubut rivers. Throughout the vast majority of the season, anglers enjoy fishing these crystal-clear waters with various dry fly patterns, however, depending on conditions nymphs and streamers can also be highly productive. Anglers fish two (2) per guide and fish most of the waters from rafts and/or drift boats with some opportunities for wade fishing. Drive times to fishing areas range from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Boats and Equipment
Lodge equipment includes rafts with casting frames and high-back seats and drift boats. Guests can rely on the lodge and guides for backup rods, reels, and flies however anglers should bring as much of their own gear and equipment as possible, including waders, boots, flies, rods, and reels.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Seven (7) nights / six (6) days = $5,600
Six (6) nights / five (5) days = $4,800
Five (5) nights / four (4) days = $4,000
Four (4) nights / three days = $3,200
- All accommodations and meals at the lodge
- All beverages including alcohol
- Fully guided daily fishing
- All alcoholic beverages
- Ground transfers to and from Esquel or Bariloche Airport
- Laundry service
What’s Not Included:
- International airfare to Buenos Aires and domestic airfare to Esquel or Bariloche
- Transfers, hotels and meals in Buenos Aires
- Personal, health or travel insurance
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Fishing license
- Park fees (If anglers enter Los Alerces National Park)
- Fishing equipment