Trip Overview 

Situated directly on the banks of the Rio Simpson on the outskirts of the historic city of Coyhaique, Cinco Rios Lodge offers one of the most premier locations for anglers looking for overall diversity in water types and landscapes. Anglers are transported daily by four wheel-drive vehicles to rivers and streams on trips that range from 30 minutes to slightly over an hour. The Lodge fishes numerous public waters including the Simpson, La Paloma, Mañihuales, Aysen, Megote, Guillermo and De Leon, as well as a number of private rivers and streams that are fished exclusively by Cinco Rios clients.

Destination Quick Facts 

Yellow Dog Community and Conservation FoundationLOCATION:  Coyhaique Area – Patagonian Chile

SEASON:  Early November through the first week of May

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 12 anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Santiago, Chile (SCL) and Balmaceda, Chile (BBA)

TARGET SPECIES:  Browns, rainbows and brook trout, with the occasional (seasonal) salmon.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com


Lodging Details
Cinco Rios features a large, Main Lodge with six private and spacious rooms. All of the rooms feature two beds, a large private bathroom, climate control system, and an outdoor deck area with an amazing view of the Simpson River canyon and nearby mountains. There are outdoor locker and closet areas for each guest, where you can hang waders and secure rods, boots and other gear after each day on the water. The large common areas of the Lodge include a comfortable living room area with a large fireplace, a dining room and bar area, an upstairs television and lounge area, a downstairs tackle and gift shop, and a meeting and conference area. The Lodge is located on the edge of the Patagonian city of Coyhaique, the capital city of the Aysén Region. Coyhaique is similar in many ways to Bozeman, Montana.

Food and Beverages
The kitchen at Cinco Rios Lodge prides itself on using the best ingredients from throughout the region, including range-fed beef, wild morels (from Estancia del Zorro), fresh herbs from the Lodge's own gardens, and fresh fish from the nearby Chilean fjords. The menu includes such dishes as Chilean lamb with Morels Risotto, yellow hot pepper chicken sauce over gnocchi, teriyaki steak saute, meat and cheese filled peppers, and a wide variety of quiches and fish. Cinco Rios also works with a number of boutique wineries that provide the best Chilean Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petit Berdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Tempranillo.

Typical Length of Stay
A standard package at Cinco Rios Lodge is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days (Saturday through Saturday), although trips of any length can be accommodated.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Peaceful and secluded, the Rio Simpson area is a birdwatcher's paradise for Andean condors, Chilean Southern-ringed kingfishers, eagles, ibis, torrent ducks, and parakeets. Explore the nearby city of Coyhaique, with its woolen goods, shopping, and historic places of interest. There is an outdoor craft market in the middle of Coyhaique that is definitely worth visiting. The Lodge will also be happy to arrange tours and side trips for non-anglers.

Internet / Communications
The resort does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work in the area depending on your service plan.


General Information
Anglers are transported daily by truck to area rivers and streams (some of them in nearby Argentina) on trips that range from 30 minutes to an hour over mostly dirt roads. Several of the Lodge’s private rivers and streams are fished exclusively by Cinco Rios guides and clients. The Lodge also fishes the area’s best public waters, including the Rio La Paloma, the upper, middle, and lower sections of the Rio Simpson, the Mañihuales and Aysen Rivers, and the lagos and bocas of the Azul, Desierto, Elizalde, Frio, Castor, and Pollux. Some of the excellent small, freestone streams in the area include the Megote, Guillermo, De Leon, and a handful of unnamed streams. Lodge anglers can typically expect to do two jet-boat fishing days on the Paloma and Azul, two raft-float days on the Simpson or Mañihuales, and two wading days on small freestone streams. Each of the Lodge’s Chilean guides have years of experience fishing and exploring these waters.

Boats and Equipment
Lodge equipment includes jet boats, rubber rafts with high-back seats, drift boats and 4x4 vehicles with trailers. The Lodge does have rods and reels available for clients to use, as well a small, well-stocked fly shop. Anglers should bring as much of their own gear and equipment as possible, including waders, boots, rods and reels.


How To Get There
Overnight flights from the United States to and from Santiago, Chile (SCL) are available on American Airlines, Delta or Lan Chile. From there you fly by Lan Chile 737 jet to the Balmaceda Airport (BBA), three hours south from Santiago. When you arrive, a representative from the Lodge will be waiting for you at the airport and will transfer you the 45 minutes to Cinco Rios.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Most guests take an overnight flight to Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez Internaitonal Airport (SCL), arriving early in the morning. After processing through customs and immigration, you can easily catch a late morning or early afternoon flight that same day to Balmaceda (BBA). This domestic flight usually makes a quick stop in Puerto Montt. This three-hour flight is incredibly scenic, traveling along the incredible Chilean Andes. Once you arrive in Balmaceda, you will be met by Lodge representative and transferred to Coyhaique.

Documents Required
You will need a valid passport to enter the country of Chile. Citizens of the United States, Canada, and the UK do not need a visa unless they plan on staying for more than three months.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.


Package Rates
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.

                7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,695.00

What's Included

  • All transfers to and from Balmaceda Airport (BBA) or Coyhaique, Chile (GXQ) to the Lodge
  • All accommodations Saturday through Saturday
  • All meals at lodge
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including the finest Chilean wines
  • Daily guided fishing based on two anglers sharing one guide
  • All taxes

What's Not Included

  • International airfare to Santiago, Chile (SCL)
  • Domestic airfare to Balmaceda, Chile (BBA)
  • Tips and gratuities for Lodge staff and guides
  • Rods, reels, flies and other tackle

Client Testimonials

"Our group of four anglers recently used Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures for the first time to book a trip to Cinco Rios and Estancia del Zorro in Coyhaique, Chile. We would highly recommend this trip to any other group considering travel to Patagonia, Chile for fly fishing in the future.  I would like to thank and complement Yellow Dog for the assistance provided every step of the way in the planning process. The team’s detailed coordination and suggestions made the process much easier and more enjoyable than expected. Yellow Dog’s in-house travel coordinator Kimberly assisted with flights and travel insurance, suggesting better options and ultimately saving us time and money. The detailed and extensive pre-trip planning packet and travel materials included a large amount of detailed information about the lodge, the region, and the right gear and equipment needed. These materials included a very detailed packing list as well as a checklist for all steps that needed to be completed along the way.  Any questions that we had were answered quickly and thoroughly by the team, and a departure call one week out covered all of the last-minute details. The combined and finalized trip itinerary sent to our group was a great reference for each of us who traveled separately, and also allowed us to leave a copy at home with families, just in case. We couldn’t have been happier with the job Yellow Dog did.”
- Don L. (Newington, VA)

"As for the guides, they are among the best that we've fished with anywhere -- very knowledgeable, competent and friendly (and a good sense of humor which is so important)! They truly worked hard to make sure that our fishing experience was as good as it could be. I would highly recommend this lodge -- we've stayed at several others and what really matters so much is that Cinco Rios is all about service and making sure that the guests enjoy their stay, and want to return (which we do)!"
- Linda R. (Denver, CO)